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Statement:

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is committed to protecting public health


and safety and safeguarding Floridas natural resources. Since 2007, DEP had continued to
work with the City of Fort Myers to take proper action in the clean up and management of this
city-owned site, and provided appropriate guidance to assist in this process. While we are
encouraged by the citys recent action, the department will remain vigilant in our monitoring to
ensure this city issue does not impact the surrounding community.
-Lauren Engel
DEP Communications Director
Additional information:
Since discovering the presence of arsenic on this city-owned site in 2007, DEP has continued to
work with city to ensure proper clean-up and management of this site and remains committed
to working with the city though this process.
DEP has confirmed that every residential structure in the surrounding area is connected to Lee
County Utilities and is not aware of any residences affected by the issues on this city-owned
site. We continue to work with the City to identify any users who may have a private well, and
are ready to provide sampling for those wells.
Last week, the City released an initial plan for the site, which includes securing the property and
conducting any additional testing. The City has indicated that theyve already begun the process
of fencing off the area.
As part of the Citys clean-up plan, additional assessment must be conducted. DEP is committed
to assisting the City develop the appropriate assessment plan and any necessary subsequent
clean-up plans. DEP must approve this assessment, and is committed to ensuring the city
adheres to the plan once approved.
DEP is also committed to ensuring that public input is included in these decisions. We have
already requested a meeting with the City to begin this process. The City has informed us that
they retained a third-party expert to assist with the development of an effective assessment
plan.
We will continue to work closely with the City to ensure that all aspects of the plan are
achieved once it is finalized and approved. DEP will also closely review any new information
gathered as part of this assessment, and from the general public, and take any necessary
enforcement action.
A timeline of DEPs involvement in this site can be found below:
In 2002, the City of Fort Myers (who owns and manages the property) hired a contractor
to complete a Preliminary Environmental Site Assessment. This report concluded no
evidence of lime sludge and that no environmental concerns would exist. This report
was provided to DEP in May 2006.
https://depedms.dep.state.fl.us:443/Oculus/servlet/shell?command=getEntity&[guid=5.
210220.1]&[profile=Cleanup_Remediation].

A DEP inspector went to the site on June 9, 2006, and dug holes, which led to
locating lime sludge.
https://depedms.dep.state.fl.us/Oculus/servlet/operation?action=guidHitList&S
electedGuids=5.210221.1&profile=Cleanup_Remediation

DEP expressed to the City that they should conduct soil sampling at the site on
June 28, 2006.
https://depedms.dep.state.fl.us:443/Oculus/servlet/shell?command=getEntity&[
guid=5.210223.1]&[profile=Cleanup_Remediation]

In 2007, the City of Fort Myers conducted soil samples on the property. The Department
received the report with these findings on March 12, 2007.
https://depedms.dep.state.fl.us:443/Oculus/servlet/shell?command=getEntity&[guid=5.210225
.1]&[profile=Cleanup_Remediation]

In 2007, the City of Fort Myers conducted soil samples on the property. The Department
received the report with these findings on March 12, 2007.
https://depedms.dep.state.fl.us:443/Oculus/servlet/shell?command=getEntity&[guid=5.
210225.1]&[profile=Cleanup_Remediation]

The results showed that while 43 of the 44 samples taken met target clean up
levels for commercial use, the samples did not meet the required level for
residential use.
Because results indicated the presence of arsenic, DEP required the City to
conduct groundwater monitoring, as well as required the city to submit a
remedial action plan.
https://depedms.dep.state.fl.us:443/Oculus/servlet/shell?command=getEntity&[
guid=5.210077.1]&[profile=Cleanup_Remediation]

The City conducted groundwater monitoring in 2008. DEP staff believed that the
arsenic was not moving offsite.
https://depedms.dep.state.fl.us:443/Oculus/servlet/shell?command=getEntity&[
guid=5.71929.1]&[profile=Cleanup_Remediation]

DEP confirmed that residents in the surrounding area were served by a public
water supply (which would be treated and tested in according with the Safe
Drinking Water Act), and that the City had an ordinance that residents should be
connected to the water supplier.

https://library.municode.com/fl/fort_myers/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId
=SPBLADECO_CH122PUFA_ARTIIWASY_DIV2CO_S122-58COCO

DEP added the site to its public-facing Contamination Locator Map in 2010.
https://ca.dep.state.fl.us/mapdirect/?focus=contamlocator

On June 25, 2010, DEP staff met with City of Fort Myers staff follow up on the
requirement to submit a RAP.
https://depedms.dep.state.fl.us:443/Oculus/servlet/shell?command=getEntity&[guid=5.
73588.1]&[profile=Cleanup_Remediation]
On July 13, 2010, DEP approved a Remedial Action Plan that consisted of a
requirement to conduct water quality monitoring for five years and further
assess the degree and amount of impacted soil to further develop a plan to
remediate the site.
https://depedms.dep.state.fl.us:443/Oculus/servlet/shell?command=getEntity&[
guid=5.72839.1]&[profile=Cleanup_Remediation]

The City of Fort Myers contracted the sampling and shared their results with
DEP. Results since 2013 have all met drinking water standards.