On Thursday, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection revoked the permit for the Rolling Hills Construction and Demolition Debris Disposal Facility and said that it will file a lawsuit against the owner, South Palafox Properties, LLC. The announcement should be seen as another huge victory for the Wedgewood community and Commissioner Lumon May who has championed the fight to clean up the landfills in the county and get them all into compliance with state and county laws.
The Notice of Revocation, which is 88 pages, cites the facility for violations of surface water quality standards, particularly high concentrations of iron, copper, lead, nickel, zinc and mercury. FDEP alleged that Rollings Hills had failed to implement its remedial action plan and provide adequate financial assurances.
Rollings Hills also was cited for objectionable odors, disposal of unauthorized waste and for operating outside its permitted dimensions.
The owners have the right to negotiate a consent order, request a hearing or mediation or opt out of the adminstrative hearing process.