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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Citing Sinkhole Threat, State Turns Down Pasco Landfill

Published: February 13, 2009 - Tampa Bay Online
State regulators on Thursday denied a company's request to build a landfill near the environmentally sensitive Green Swamp.

Thomas Farkas, a consultant hired by Tampa Bay Water to assess the potential impact on water supplies, wrote in a January 2009 report that if the landfill leaks, the sinkholes beneath could provide a direct pathway for contaminants to reach the Floridan Aquifer.

According to Farkas, that would likely carry contamination to Crystal Spring and municipal production wells that belong to Zephyrhills. Crystal Spring also feeds into the Hillsborough River.

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