Because of one federal website, some Pasco County officials thought oil from the spill was coming to the county. On a page devoted to the cleanup, the Environmental Protection Agency listed state-permitted landfills where waste would go. One is "Spring Hill, Florida." Even John Power, the county solid waste manager, assumed it was the Shady Hills landfill, which some people consider part of Spring Hill. But Power said the county had not been asked to accept the waste, even though it has the proper state permits. The website was referring to the Springhill Regional Landfill in Campbellton, in Jackson County, a few miles south of Alabama.
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DUI at jail raises questions
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has launched an internal investigation to determine what led to a county jail records employee crashing her car through a jail fence while authorities say she was impaired. Diane Ferron, 42, was leaving in her personal vehicle shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday when she plowed through a chain-link fence outside the facility. According to an arrest report, Ferron did not test positive for alcohol but showed signs of drug use. She was charged with driving under the influence and DUI with property damage. Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda would not comment on whether jail staff members were aware that Ferron was impaired before she left the building. She also would not say why Ferron was leaving work before the end of her shift, or whether she had been sent home. Ferron was released on $1,000 bail early Thursday. In June 2008, Ferron was arrested in Pinellas County on charges of doctor shopping and trafficking in a controlled substance. In October 2008, she was arrested in Pasco County and charged with withholding information from a doctor in order to obtain a prescription. In both cases, charges were dropped.