Pasco landfill could taint Tampa's drinking water

07/19/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Reports of a proposed landfill in Pasco County has Tampa city officials concerned its approval could affect the quality of the drinking water in Tampa.

Mayor Pam Iorio has written a letter to the state’s Department of Environmental Protection questioning the proposal. Plans call for the landfill to be constructed off County Road 35A, three miles south of Dade City. That's roughly a mile from the Hillsborough River basin, where water drains into the river.

The issue has been big in Pasco County for months, but the city has not delved into the matter until now.

The proposed landfill has become a source of controversy in Pasco County, with some people argue there is demand for such a facility. But many others point to environmental issues, saying a landfill could reduce property values.

Assistant City Attorney McLean defended her department, saying that when they first reviewed the proposal in February, there was very little to report. She said additional information has since come to light. But that didn’t seem to provide solace to Councilmember Linda Saul-Sena.

Assistant City Attorney McLean said that the Department of Environmental Protection, one agency that ultimately will decide on whether it goes forward, is waiting for additional information from the applicant, Angelo’s Aggregate Materials, before it decides whether the dump gets built.

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