FDEP now maps last 30 days of spills

Pollution spill maps online, up to date, with interactive links to details: Florida is doing it, and so can Georgia.

Florida, Maps

For more than a year FDEP has been posting spill reports online in a spreadsheet the same day it gets them, with email notice signup (Alabama also does that). FDEP has added a Public Notice of Pollution (PNP) Finder: Last 30 Days, which helps a lot in finding spills in our watersheds.

Did you know there was a Phosphoric Acid spill at White Springs last week, on Swift Creek, next to the Suwannee River? Yes, it was Nutrien (former PCS). This is yet more evidence that a phosphate mine in Union or Bradford Counties would be a bad idea.

Suwannee River Basin, Maps

How about a coal runoff spill at Crystal River, also last week? This is yet another reason Duke Energy should get on with more solar power like its Hamilton Solar Farm so it can shut down that Crystal River coal plant and stop building new gas plants and pipelines.

Both spills are on the FDEP map.

If the Florida Department of Environmental Protection can do this, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division can, too. Then the people of Georgia and Florida would know when Valdosta or Tifton or Quitman or Lowndes County spills.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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Phosphoric Acid spill at White Springs

Incident Name: Phosphoric Acid Spill White Springs Ag Chem Inc

SWO Incident Number: 1224470

Incident Report: On 09/13/2018 at approximately 3:30 A.M. the Swift Creek Chemical plant experienced a phosphoric acid spill due to equipment failure. Nutrien Emergency Response team responded. The spill was fully contained on site. Remediation actions were undertaken. All appropriate agencies were notified. No injuries occurred.

Report Date/Time: 09/17/2018 01:48:02 EDT

Facility Name: White Springs Agricultural Chemicals Inc

Facility Address: 15837 Southeast 78th Street; White Springs FL; 32096

Facility Directions:

Reporter Name: Mike Williams

Reporter Title: Manager

Reporter E-mail: Mike.Williams@nutrien.com

Reporter Phone: (386) 397-8473

Reporter Phone Extension:

Reporter Role: Public Affairs Manager

Contact Name: Mike Williams

Contact Phone: (386) 397-8473

Contact Phone Extension:

Contact E-mail: Mike.Williams@nutrien.com

Release Start Date/Time: 09/13/2018 03:30:00 EDT

Release End Date/Time: 09/13/2018 03:15:00 EDT

Affected Counties: Hamilton

Migrated Counties:

Latitude: 30.355

Longitude: -82.813

Map Direct Link: http://prodenv.dep.state.fl.us/DepPNP/reports/viewMapDirectLink?point=yes&incidentDetailKey=2338

Coal runoff spill at Crystal River

Incident Name: Discharge of industrial wastewater to the ground

SWO Incident Number: 20185909

Incident Report: At approximately 3:30 pm yesterday September 19, 2018 at the Crystal River Units 4&5 station, staff noticed a drop in flow on the Coal Pile Run-off system. This system treats contact stormwater collected from the lined coal pile area to treat for pH and TSS prior to discharge to the unlined stormwater collection system as authorized by NPDES permit FL0036366. It was discovered that the drop in flow was caused by a 3″ hole in the cast iron above ground pipe that runs from the coal pile run-off ponds to the treatment system. Based on a drop in flow of 100 GPM for about 1 hour until the failure was discovered and the system was shut down, it was estimated that approximately 6,000 gallons were discharged to the ground adjacent to the treatment system. There was no discharge to the NPDES stormwater ditch nor to surface waters of the US. The pH of the standing water discharged was measured and it was 6.1 s.u. on a sample collected yesterday and 7.2 s.u. on a sample collected this morning. The water stayed on-site and it is not expected to cause impacts to the ground water at the site. The pipe has been isolated and in the process of being repaired.

Report Date/Time: 09/20/2018 02:16:07 EDT

Facility Name: Crystal River Units 4 & 5

Facility Address: 15760 Power Line Street; Crystal River FL; 34428

Facility Directions:

Reporter Name: Ilia Balcom

Reporter Title: Senior Environmental Specialist

Reporter E-mail: Ilia.Balcom@duke-energy.com

Reporter Phone: (813) 362-5123

Reporter Phone Extension:

Reporter Role: Senior Environmental Specialist

Contact Name: Ana Gibbs

Contact Phone: (813) 928-7263

Contact Phone Extension:

Contact E-mail: Ana.Gibbs@duke-energy.com

Release Start Date/Time: 09/19/2018 03:30:00 EDT

Release End Date/Time: 09/19/2018 04:30:00 EDT

Affected Counties: Citrus

Migrated Counties:

Latitude: 28.967409

Longitude: -82.692145

Map Direct Link: http://prodenv.dep.state.fl.us/DepPNP/reports/viewMapDirectLink?point=yes&incidentDetailKey=2351