St. Cloud Terminates Landfill Contract

St. Cloud Terminates Landfill Contract

St. Cloud will no longer accept a toxic liquid by-product from JED landfill after residents spoke out at Thursday night’s City Council meeting. Since 2009, the city has accepted a substance known as leachate from the JED landfill.

The concern is that toxic heavy metals and other impurities found in coal ash may damage the city-owned wastewater plant. JED landfill has taken coal ash since it opened in 2004, according to officials, but never this much at one time.

With upward of 200,000 tons of coal ash or more expected to arrive at the JED landfill, residents urged St. Cloud politicians to cancel the 20-year wastewater contract just to be safe.

City officials noted that the JED landfill is currently in compliance with all Florida Department of Environmental Protection regulations.

Despite possible costly legal consequences, St. Cloud City Council unanimously voted to dissolve the leachate contract between the city and Waste Connections.

Photo courtesy of Florida Department of Environmental Protection.