Initial meeting with DEP goes well, says St. Pete public works chief
Tropical Storm Colin's deluges and the subsequent dumping and spilling 10 million gallons of mostly partially-treated sewage prompted a state investigation of St. Petersburg's wastewater system.
Last week's initial gathering of five state Department of Environmental Protection officials and city staff lasted about 90 minutes and mostly involved a reshash of what happened in early June and what the city plans to do about it, said Public Works Administrator Claude Tankersley on Tuesday.
The next meeting will occur after the City Council approves the city's budget in September. The city plans to spend at least $8 million fixing pipes and millions more on improvements at the city's three sewer plants.
The council approved $3 million in BP settlement money last week. Tankersley said he didn't yet know how that money would be spent.
The state wants results, though, he said.
"Clearly, they expect something to be done," Tankersley said.
State Rep. Kathleen Peters called for a state probe after the city's spills and dumps. City officials said Friday's meeting with the state was routine. State officials told the Tampa Bay Times they decide on a case-by-case basis how to investigate discharges.