The State Underground Petroleum
Environmental Response (SUPER) Act was enacted by Florida State
Legislature in 1986 in order to conduct drinking water well sampling and
investigation around known or suspected contaminated petroleum facilities,
such as service stations, industrial and fuel oil sites. These
investigations are conducted for public wells within a half (1/2) mile ring of
the contaminated site, and one quarter (1/4) mile for private wells.
The State recently expanded this program to include contaminated sites
around known or suspected dry cleaning facilities.
These petroleum facilities, also known as Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP) "rescored" facilities, are sites that
are suspected of or known to have petroleum leaks from tanks that have failed
due to code violations or due to accidental spills. If the spill or leak
is less than 50 gallons of volume, the facility is "rescored"
for remediation, and water sampling is done. Residents within the
investigation ring that have contaminated wells are provided with bottled
drinking water until a filtration system can be installed in the water supply
For more information on this program, please contact Mark
Lander at the Columbia County Health Department at (386)758-1058.
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