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Choice and Commitment
Jill Smith, TERRACOM Environmental
f human existentialism is personcentered, then environmental existentialism is just that – environment-centered. Environmentironmentcentered thinking is the pursuit of identity ity and meaning amidst t the regulatory and economic pressures of society. Existentialism requires us to step back and reflect or reassess what we have e been doing and what hat effect our actions have had on the environment, on nment, our business and on the state of Florida. Regulation of underground petroleum storage tanks began in the early 1980s, with the Water Quality Assurance Act of 1983. The law provided for prohibition of
petroleum discharges, required cleanup, state cleanup if necessary, strict liability, and required inspections and monitoring. The Inland Protection Trust Fund ( (IPTF) was created i 1986 to address in petr petroleum discharges du due to past practices an and is an excise tax p per barrel of pollu lutants produced in in, or imported int into, Florida. The Prea Preapproval Program was implemented in 1996, a and has different programs with differing covwi erage levels and application periods, all of which ended December 31, 1998, with the exception of the Free Product Recovery Initiative and Site Rehabilitation Agreements.
The state of Florida no longer provides funding assistance for newly reported discharges. The responsible party or parties and/or their insurance providers must bear the cost for any required assessment and cleanup. As of July 2010, and per the FDEP website report, the total number of confirmed contaminated sites is 25,055, with 11,261 completed, 4,370 underway and 9,424 awaiting cleanup. The total number of program eligible facilities is 17,449, with 6,186 completed, 2,556 underway and 8,707 awaiting cleanup. For ineligible facilities, the total number of facilities is 8,711, with 5,803 completed, 1,944 underway and 964 awaiting cleanup. Per the website, there are 691 facilities with both eligible and ineligible discharges. Finding ourselves in the year 2010, with the proactive 27-year history above, what do we reflect or assess as the result
FPMA Environmental Talking Points: The Importance of Funding Petroleum Cleanups The IPTF was created to protect Florida’s drinking water for the health and safety of its citizens. Over 90 percent of our drinking water comes from underground sources and it continues to be imperative that the state address existing contamination. At the inception of the cleanup program, the state promised property owners that, if they would identify petroleum contamination on their property, the state would remediate the property through utilizing the designated tax dollars on petroleum committed to this trust fund. Diversions of trust fund monies for totally unrelated purposes not only violate the promise of the Legislature to use the tax funds to assure safe drinking water but have produced other unintended consequences. First, we have delayed cleanup by decades. Second, we have harmed small business owners who either desire to sell their property or borrow money against it for capital improvements. Third, we have destroyed multiple petroleum contamination cleanup companies. These companies are comprised primarily of professionals in the fields of engineering and geology. For the most part, they are small business entrepreneurs who have taken their education and expertise and applied it to preserve our drinking water and our environment. These firms cannot survive when the state raids the tax funds for unrelated purposes. Fourth, the state is paying substantially more to clean up sites due to interruptions in program funding. In 2009, the funds were swept, causing cleanup work to be abandoned on many sites and redone at a later time, at additional cost. The petroleum cleanup program is currently funded at $120 million, including a $23 million sweep of the fund. Please return our “trust” in the Legislature by fully funding the Inland Protection Trust Fund and not diverting these funds.
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