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Friday, December 01, 2006

Wal-Mart: Store won't taint water in Alachua County

Published November 29. 2006
Wal-Mart representatives gave assurances Tuesday that the company's planned store in Alachua wouldn't pollute groundwater.

But High Springs officials and residents continued to question the project. High Springs Commissioner Kirk Eppenstein said he wanted the company to commit to stronger standards for its stormwater system and studies of an underground cave system.

The focus of the debate is a wellfield intended to be used as High Spring's future water supply. An Alachua County-funded study found that dye placed in a sinkhole near the Wal-Mart site traveled within 13 days to Hornsby Springs, just north of High Springs. The wellfield is located between the store site and the spring.

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