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Nestlé joins effort to uphold DEP denial of landfill near Dade City

DADE CITY — Add Nestlé to the growing list of groups seeking an administrative hearing in the case of Angelo's Aggregate Materials' attempt to build a landfill east of Dade City.

Nestlé Waters of North America, which buys bottled water from springs owned by rancher Robert Thomas, wants an administrative law judge to hear the case and uphold the state Department of Environmental Protection's decision to deny Angelo's request for a permit to build a garbage landfill on 90 acres.

"Potential impacts to Crystal Springs and the surrounding aquifer system from the proposed landfill include, among others, degradation of water quality and adverse impacts to the water supply," the company said in paperwork filed Thursday with the DEP. Nestlé's filing is the latest in a group that includes anti-landfill Protectors of Florida's Legacy and a company owned by rancher Bill Blanchard.

All support DEP's decision. Angelo's has also filed papers appealing the denial.

Angelo's had proposed the landfill near another it owns nearby for construction material and another owned by Pasco County. But opponents fear its proximity to the Green Swamp would harm drinking water. They also cited the possibility of sinkholes and the potential to draw birds and cause a stench that would degrade quality of life.

Angelo's said it was proposing a double-liner landfill also protected by a thick layer of clay. Company officials argued that the landfill would save taxpayers millions as an alternative to the county expanding its garbage-burning incinerator at Shady Hills.

It also pledged to build a bioreactor that would extend the landfill's life and produce methane that could be captured and converted to energy.

Angelo's alleged that in-house geologists the DEP used to evaluate the land for sinkhole potential had no experience and that there was no state rule or protocol allowing them to get involved in evaluating possible landfill sites.

Lisa Buie can be reached at buie@sptimes.com or (813) 909-4604.

Nestlé joins effort to uphold DEP denial of landfill near Dade City 03/05/09 [Last modified: Thursday, March 5, 2009 10:54pm]
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