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Posted on April 12, 2017
With every passing day new information is revealed about the major fuel spill that occurred at the City’s Hopkins Generating Station in 2012.
Now it appears, as recent as 2016, the City of Tallahassee found it important to inform city bondholders about the fuel spill, but not the citizens of Tallahassee.
The information was forwarded by a TR reader.
The City of Tallahassee reported the fuel spill to bondholders in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 “ANNUAL REPORT TO BONDHOLDERS.”
In 2016, the report stated:
A leak was discovered from diesel tank number 4 at the Hopkins Generating Station in January 2012, and a multiphase extraction remediation system was installed and operated from March 2012 to July 2012. This system collected more than 270,000 gallons of groundwater and more than 7 million cubic meters of soil vapors. Following system shutdown, the site entered into a DEP approved natural attenuation monitoring program whereby quarterly groundwater sampling would be conducted.
In addition, the report informed bondholders:
Based on the results of three years of quarterly sampling, additional low levels of contamination still exist at the site. In addition, due to the physical presence of the tank, assessment and remedial activities could not be targeted to the area directly under the tank. The City is unsure at this time of the amount of residual contamination that might exist under the tank or the extent of efforts that may be needed to address it. The City continues to sample on a quarterly basis.
With this revelation, it is beginning to look like various levels of city management were fully aware of the spill and were engaged in an effort to conceal the fuel spill from local media and the citizens of Tallahassee.
TR has reached out to the elected leaders and have not heard back from a majority of the city commission.
It now appears appropriate to ask: who knew what, when? TR will continue to investigate.