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Sunday, March 6, 2011
Landfill Mess in HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY is Possibly Leaking into Our Aquifer and Affecting Tampa's Drinking Water
The latest news I can find and recent correspondence from a constituent:
Lithia, Florida -- A sinkhole that opened up under a Bay area landfill has county authorities on edge.
In the nearly 30 year history of Hillsborough County's Southeast County Landfill in Lithia, a sinkhole has never formed.
But that is exactly what authorities believe caused the ground to give in on Tuesday afternoon.
Workers discovered the initial depression on Tuesday. At that time, it was only five feet deep. Within 24 hours, it dropped 45 feet.
Now, the sinkhole is 75 feet wide and 50 feet deep and still growing.
Landfill supervisor, Larry Ruiz had been surveying the initial depression when the ground gave way, sinking more than 40 feet of waste into the earth.
"The cracks you see around the perimeter, they started getting wider and as they got wider, right in the middle, it just started going down and a lot of smoke came out of the middle," said Ruiz who says he immediately ran away from the hole.
When he had a moment to think, Ruiz says his first thought was about the landfill's liner. "I was worried about any damage to the liner system."