Collusion, corruption, incompetence, complicity, ineptitude or just a party to outright fraud? Why will the Florida Department of Environmental Protection not enforce the permits they issue?
Another beach “renourishment” project and more bogus data as the contractors circumvent project mandated environmental permit monitoring and the FDEP turns a blind eye; afraid or unable to catch the perpetrators as they lay waste to miles of coastal habitat.
This years poster child for ecosystem destruction is the Hillsboro beach renourishment project. The project permit requires the contractor to limit the amount of coral-killing silt generated by monitoring turbidity levels. The standard which they must not exceed is 29 turbidity units (NTU) above background beyond a point 150 meters from the beach sand placement area, or about 492 feet.
For weeks Reef Rescue, other groups and individuals have been supplying FDEP with evidence of noncompliance. In fact, since 2005 Reef Rescue has documented contractor fraud on five separate beach renourishment projects. But the Sunday, March 27, display of a total disregard for permit compliance and habitat destruction goes to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company for creating one of the worst silt plumes we have witnessed. So expansive, it engulfed two South Florida coastal counties and stretched from Hillsboro Beach to north of Boca Raton.
Click on this link to view the Sunday turbidity slide show.
The Florida Department of Enviromental Protection also turns a blind eye on the mass distribution of contaminated EZ Base . EZ Base is a coal ash by product from JEA the local power company that just happens to be the 8th largiest in the US.Some contaminants in the EZ Base are 5000 times higher than EPA residential clean up levels. The DEP says its not approved for residential areas and open top roads but they sign there seal of approvial on a clean up in a residential area and leave half the ash on the property.The MSDS sheet on the so called EZ Base Ash is wrong it shows no contaminants .