LAST STAND CALLS FOR DEEP INJECTION WELL AT CUDJOE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT

 

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Last Stand announced on Wednesday that it is strongly opposed to disposal of treated sewage into shallow wells at the as yet unfinished Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.

In letters to DEP, FKAA and each Monroe County Commissioner, the Keyswide environmental group cited state regulations, insufficient treatment and danger to sealife as reasons why the plant should be required to pump its waste 2,500-3,000 feet below the surface into the Boulder Zone.

“DEP requires sewage plants that have the potential to treat one million gallons a day to use deep well disposal,” said Naja Girard, president of Last Stand, a watch-dog group which has operated in the Keys for over 25 years.  “Deep wells receive the partially treated waste water and retain it below solid barriers, while shallow wells allow the fresh water to rise to the surface and move into the nearshore waters,” she added. Continue reading

FLOATING BUSINESSES: How Far Will It Go?

How many floating trampolines, inflatable castles, swim-to bars, swim-to pizzerias, jet-ski hives, parasail landings (etc.) can permanently anchor off our shores?  According to former City Commissioner George Halloran, “Looks like it could be as many as they want.”  Halloran wants businesses that place permanent structures offshore to be required to get approval from the local government prior to obtaining a bay bottom lease from the State.

“There is a provision for local approval in the law,” says Halloran, “but DEP is not asking the local community to have a say.”    According to Florida Statute 253.61, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) may not issue offshore bay bottom leases unless the activity has been approved by local governments situated within 3 miles of the leased area. Continue reading