This facility is operational year-round with both full-time personnel and trainees who rotate in and out of the facility each semester. The facility includes onsite administrative buildings, dormitory facilities, a cafeteria, classrooms and fire training areas. The facility is served by one onsite potable well and one fire suppression well used for training exercises.
Onsite groundwater contamination by perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), as well as soil contamination have been detected above DEP’s provisional cleanup target levels. DEP's Site Investigation Section will now work to map the contamination and oversee the development of a cleanup plan to remove or contain the contamination to prevent environmental impact and human exposure.
DEP advised the Florida Department of Health of these results and directed them to develop and implement a community sampling plan. As of September 26, 2019, one-hundred seventeen supply wells have been sampled; water produced by fifteen of these wells had levels of PFOA/PFOS above the Health Advisory Level. Community private well sampling by the Florida Department of Health is ongoing.
DEP’s Water Supply Restoration Program is providing bottled water to all interested affected private well owners whose test results exceeded the established EPA Health Advisory Level. This voluntary program also provides funding for a filter, well restoration or connection to public water system as necessary to ensure a safe drinking water supply. This bottled water supply will remain available until one of these options is in place.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.