Attorneys for both sides in the Angelo’s landfill dispute have filed their recommendations to Administrative Law Judge Bram Canter on the Department of Environmental Protection’s denial of a landfill permit.
Canter has said he would take about two months to review both documents and issue his opinion on whether the Florida DEP was correct to deny the landfill permit.
Angelo’s Aggregate’s effort to build a residential waste landfill on the edge of the Green Swamp has galvanized opponents ranging from the cities of Zephyrhills and Tampa to Nestle Waters North America, parent company of Zephyrhills Spring Water.
Nestle’s attorney, Doug Manson, wrote that if the landfill failed, a “slug of leachate” would contaminate the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of people and cause irreparable damage to the bottled water giant.
A sinkhole would cause “catastrophic failure at the landfill with a discharge of leachate into the springshed of Crystal Springs and then flow into the Hillsborough River,” he wrote. “Once it reached the river, it would reach the city’s water treatment plant within three to four days.”
Jake Varn, who represents Angelo’s, countered that most of the opponents don’t have the legal standing to object to the permit.
“They failed to show a real and immediate threat of injury from the proposed landfill,” he wrote. “Even if leachate reaches the Florida Aquifer, the groundwater flow is toward the west and none of these parties will be impacted.”