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Sierra Club Resolution

Sierra Club Resolution

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Published by: Stefan Kamph on Feb 09, 2012
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Resolution of the Sierra Club opposing the construction of an immigration detention center in theTown of Southwest Ranches
WHEREAS, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) seeks to build a 1,500 bed (minimum)immigration detention center for use by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), within themunicipal limits of the Town of Southwest Ranches in Broward County, Florida;WHEREAS, the facility would be one of the largest structures in western Broward County, and would be located only a mile from Broward’s Everglades and Water Conservation Area 3B;WHEREAS, the proposed facility would utilize approximately 180,000 gallons of water per day, whichwould place additional strain on the Biscayne Aquifer, virtually the sole source of drinking water for allof Broward County;WHEREAS, the regional water supply remains at risk and under water restrictions due to inadequaterainfall and heavy demand from human consumption;WHEREAS, the detention facility would likewise generate 180,000 gallons per day of wastewater,which would be injected approximately 2,600 feet underground, and the Environmental ProtectionAgency (EPA) has found that injected wastewater may migrate horizontally into marine and other waters and vertically into usable drinking waters;WHEREAS, the City of Pembroke Pines would be the supplier of water for the facility, and in 2007 theCity was within 100,000 gallons per day of the use level at which the South Florida Water ManagementDistrict (SFWMD) Regional Water Availability Rule requires the city to construct an alternative water supply at great public cost;WHEREAS, the construction and operation of the facility will significantly contribute to the City of Pembroke Pines reaching this trigger point for an alternative water supply;WHEREAS, the SFWMD approved alternative water supply for Pembroke Pines would inject up to 7million gallons per day of treated sewage directly into the Biscayne Aquifer, and research has indicatedavailable treatment processes do not remove all traces of household chemicals, pharmaceuticals andother contaminants, and these will likely accumulate over time and possibly migrate to other portionsof the regional aquifer;

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