Environment & Energy Report

Florida Sees Higher Cleanup Bills for Leftover Petroleum Spills

Nov. 8, 2019, 10:31 PM

Florida’s efforts to clean up petroleum spills are echoing federal Superfund trends as state government officials anticipate fewer completed sites, higher clean-up costs for the remaining sites, and limited funding.

The state’s Petroleum Restoration Program is at “full capacity,” said Natasha Lampkin, the program’s administrator. In past fiscal years, Florida’s petroleum clean-up programs had funds left over to carry into the next fiscal year, but that’s no longer the case, Lampkin said.

In addition, the state has already spent the $5 million allocated for its relatively new program for complicated site cleanup, leaving no remaining funding for those...

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