FLORENCE – The Alabama Department of Environmental management (ADEM) recently received an application from the City of Florence to renew its permit to operate the Florence landfill for another 5-year period. Under the new permit the landfill will no longer bury any garbage and will dispose of only construction and demolition material as well as inert trash and tree limbs that citizens put out along the street to be picked up by the Street Department.
Charles Rose, of The Shoals Environmental Alliance, says he sees a major problem with the requested permit. He said that ADEM has failed to require that the City install a monitoring well on or near the landfill site that will measure the quality of groundwater BEFORE it is affected by leakage from buried garbage. Such a well (called an upgradient well) is needed to demonstrate that the serious contamination of the groundwater and the springs around the landfill site is being caused by the landfill itself and not by some other source.
Chief, Permits and Services Division
Alabama Department of Environmental Management
PO Box 301463
Montgomery, AL 36130-1463