The Floridan Aquifer Needs Our Help!

5 Apr

We are all affected, and your action does make a difference!

19.2 million Florida residents depend on this aquifer for their drinking water.

The Floridan aquifer system is one of the most productive aquifers in the world.  Test results in 2003 confirmed that the Floridan Aquifer, the source of drinking water for all of Florida, southern Alabama, southeastern Georgia, and southern South Carolina, is being contaminated with cancer-causing toxins from the Cabot-Koppers Superfund Site.

Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) does not test our water supply for Cabot-Koppers contaminants (dioxin, arsenic, benzene, naphthalene…).  The polluter and responsible party, Beazer East, does the testing for these toxins.  In 2008 the Site became a beta test site for Remox/ISBS, a heavy metal-laden chemical cocktail that is illegal for injection within city limits or near municipal water supplies.  The variance for this was granted without the legally mandated notification to Gainesville residents.

Our County Commission got it right in April 2011 when they stepped up and admitted that we are not receiving a cleanup and that they need to do more to protect the Floridan Aquifer.  GRU’s preferred remedy is to remove the bulk of the onsite contamination which lies 35 feet below the surface.  The Beazer East/EPA cleanup plan for the Superfund Site leaves the contamination in place, allowing it to continue to migrate further down into our aquifer.  Their plan only calls for additional monitoring wells and for slurry walls and caps that offer no bottom retention of the contamination.

Image from: http://pubs.usgs.gov/ha/ha730/ch_g/G-text6.html

Due to the inadequacies of the cleanup plan, the Alachua County Commission sent two letters to President Obama late last year asking for his help to expedite the permanent relocation of affected residents and the protection of the municipal water supply.  County officials have repeatedly stated that they need everyone’s involvement to protect our aquifer.

Take Action- Together We Can Make A Difference!

How You Can Help:

Email the President at www.whitehouse.gov

or send a postcard to President Obama at

 The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Tell Obama to enforce a real cleanup of the Cabot-Koppers Superfund Site in Gainesville, Florida to end its chemical contamination of the Floridan Aquifer.

Ask him to expedite the overdue permanent relocation of residents impacted by Cabot-Koppers Superfund Site dioxin contamination inside of their homes.

Demand clean drinking water for the over 20 million people who use the Floridan Aquifer as our primary water source.

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