On Wednesday, the head of Osceola County government sent a letter asking Waste Connections, private owner of JED landfill east of St. Cloud to halt coal ash shipments from Puerto Rico.

The move follows an outpouring of opposition by citizens over an April 1 agreement approved without public notice or discussion. 

Below is the full letter.

 

Dear Mr. Jackman:

Please be advised that, at the meeting of May 13, 2019, the Board of County

Commissioners voted to request that Waste Connections of Osceola County, LLC cease receiving coal ash from Puerto Rico at the JED Landfill in Osceola County.

During the meeting, significant public testimony was presented expressing concerns with the presence of toxins in the ash and the potential of both environmental damage and human illness. Due to these concerns, the Commission believes it is in the best interest of the public that the waste not be brought to the County. The Commission respectfully requests that Waste Connections cease accepting this material from Puerto Rico immediately.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Should you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at 407-742-2006.

 

Sincerely,

Cheryl L. Grieb, Chairwoman

Osceola County