Link to video shot Feb. 14, 2012.
This video is crazy I URGE YOU TO WATCH IT. I have never seen anything like this before -- a Miami Dade County truck spewing toxic water all over the city streets of Miami and dumping hazardous waste at the North Dade Landfill (there were 4 trucks in total). You would think your government was taking care of you? Hell no!!! They didn't even protect their own workers performing the dredging as you can clearly see in the video.
|One man is dropping water/sediment on the bank with a net and another man is bending over sifting through it by hand (he does appear to have gloves on, not the guy with the pole).|
No location in Wagner Creek is unpolluted. The DEP said "Wagner Creek is the most polluted water body in Florida" August 2001 report. Dioxin was found there said a friend on the Miami River Commission. The spot where they did the dredging in the video is a bit upstream of the worst part that is near Jackson Memorial Hospital. They used to bury incinerator ash in that area years ago. $18 Million is needed to clean this part of the river and about $9 Million has been raised in the last 10 years. Until it is dredged, it is highly polluted. Sediment does not self-clean.
This dredging operation should have had some basic measures in place so that the turbidity in Wagner Creek didn't leave the work area (manatees beware). Additionally they should have taken measures to prevent the toxic liquid from the dredge spoil from leaking onto the surrounding pavement along the way to its destination (as this video clearly shows) to drop off the toxic sediment. I was once told there might be polio virus in the sediment. Who really knows, they never tested for that here. They did test for polio in the Keys and found it. If the County Public Works had a permit it would have had all kinds of caveats on the removal. This is not how it is done. I am told they did have a permit, have not seen it but assume they did.
When the removal was reported by my friend, who shot this video, this was the response from Miami Dade County Public Works:
"The disposal of material from any dredging project is governed by the type of contaminants that are found during the environmental assessment phase. Due to the minor amount of sediment which was scheduled to be removed as part of the County’s work very limited samples were taken. It is possible that other portions of the canal will have a different contamination profiles which may necessitate a different disposal method. The only way to know is to perform sediment testing. However, since Wagner Creek is under the jurisdiction of the City the testing would need to be initiated by them."
Passing the buck are we? This is such a dumb answer. Well, DUH, we know the sediment is contaminated in the entire area of Wagner Creek and we also know with what it is contaminated with because NOAA did an extensive study.
Why are they disposing of the "may be" toxic sediment - suspended in water that most probably contains bacteria like this? Spilling out of a county truck onto public streets. Why is their staff left unprotected? You can see them touching the dredge in the video with no masks on. Could there be bacteria in the sediment? I think public works doesn't believe that the sediment or the water is dangerous at all because they based their dredge disposal on, as they said, "limited samples". County Public Works Spokesman provided the videographer with a sediment study that I put under "read more" (most of the 29 pages are missing but you get the gist: no toxins). Anyway, I am not so sure. They call the sediment collection "Canal Banks" did they test the banks? I Don't know. They took two samples. I just wonder how could the sediment miraculously clean itself? I believe it can't. How could the "most polluted water body in the State of Florida" get pristine lab results? They did not test for fecal matter or waterborne pathogens in the lab test I think even if they got a clean bill of health for their limited testing" they would have taken an ounce of prevention in the collection and disposal since they didn't test the water or sediment for bacteria and this water body has chronically contaminated water.
I found this sediment study I had in my office about this very area. (hit to enlarge this):
The guy who made the video got the run-around. Well, this is his report - It finally gets to see the light of day. Thanks for caring fella, sorry you moved. We need people like you who care.
|Also, besides hazardous waste, liquids are prohibited from being dumped at the landfill.|
|Street view of where the removal took place.|
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