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Permit to drill deep injection well at Piney Point expected soon after public meeting

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is expected Wednesday to issue a permit for a deep injection well to dispose of toxic chemicals at Piney Point in Manatee County. “It's already drafted. It's written. I mean, all we need is for the DEP to give us notice that the permit is final. It's been issued and there are technicians and equipment and engineers that are on our property at this moment that are set to drill the well,” said Dr. Scott Hope, administrator for Manatee County. Wednesday, the DEP is hosting a public meeting to discuss the future of Piney Point, a former phosphate plant that came close to spilling millions of gallons of wastewater into the nearby community. "Hopefully the state and the county will really reconsider it,” Justin Bloom said of the permit. Bloom works with environmental group Suncoast Waterkeeper and is also a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the county over Piney Point. County officials, however, say they have no other choice but to drill. MORE: https://bit.ly/3mQeliP ►Subscribe: https://on.wtsp.com/youtube ►Website: https://www.wtsp.com/ ►Facebook: https://facebook.com/10TampaBay ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/10TampaBay

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