DEP approves City of Fort Myers’ plan to ship sludge to Polk County

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Planned truck route to transport sludge out of Fort Myers. Photo courtesy of the City Manager’s Office.

The City of Fort Myers got approval from the Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday to move forward with sludge cleanup.

The new plan calls for the sludge to be trucked to Polk County after the city struggled to find a site willing to accept the shipments.

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The Fort Myers city managers office released a memo last Friday saying that they now intend to ship the toxic sludge to Clark Environmental, Inc. in Mulberry.

According to the memo, the sludge will not be recycled, it will be blended with sawdust and Portland cement as deemed necessary and will be turned into material suitable for landfill disposal.

WINK News has reached out to Fort Myers to see if removal will resume Wednesday, we are waiting to hear back.

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