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Waste Management Halts Request on Proposed Leachate Injection Plan in Florida

Waste Management Halts Request on Proposed Leachate Injection Plan in Florida

The company has put a hold on the application to have “time to evaluate other options including alternative disposal sites.”

Waste Management has paused its application on a proposal it had submitted to build an injection well for leachate in Broward County, Fla.

The plan was to seek a permit to build a well and also have the option to allow other groups to truck in the leachate.

The company has put a hold on the application to have “time to evaluate other options including alternative disposal sites.”

The Sun Sentinel has more:

For decades, Waste Management has sent its leachate — the liquid that drains from waste in the landfill — by pipes to Broward County to be treated and then disposed of underground in an injection well, about a mile away.

But it was seeking a permit to build its own well, with the possibility of allowing outside agencies to truck in the garbage juice. That brought the wrath of environmentalists who were concerned a leak of untreated toxins would tamper the water supply.

Coconut Creek city commissioners said the proposal could mean too many trucks carrying in outside leachate to Monarch Hill, the landfill known as "Mount Trashmore."

In September, Broward County and Waste Management reached a tentative deal to stop the deep-well injection project from moving forward. Waste Management spokeswoman Dawn McCormick said its contract with the county was scheduled to end in December, and the two sides are discussing "a long-term agreement."

Read the full story here.

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