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Opponents blast DEP handling of landfill proposal



In 2007, officials with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection opposed (Download florida_dep_letter_omni_waste.pdf ) a landfill planned near Babcock Ranch in Charlotte County. It was within a mile of 74,000 acres for preservation.

A DEP decision is due this month on an east Pasco County landfill similarly close to Green Swamp conservation land.

And opponents, who sense the agency will give it a go, are blasting the agency.

"The inconsistency of the application of the rules … is one of the reasons we're concerned that DEP is not capable of making a decision using the rules," said Carl Roth, a leader in Protectors of Florida's Legacy, the primary opposition group. "The other thing you've got here is you know who the players are. That speaks volumes why they're not denying it."

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David DeCamp, Times Staff Writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:44am]


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