Two private, for profit companies (Out of Bounds Inc. owned by Randy Yoho & Croom Investments LLC owned by Jack Hamilton) are trying to put a 26+ acre C&D landfill site at the end of Wildlife Lane in Brooksville, FL. This site is bounded on most of three sides by the Withlacoochee State Forest. There already are two closed landfills less than a half mile from the proposed C&D Landfill. Landfills are an injustice to any community - but especially to this one. Not only is it an injustice to the immediate residents of this area - it adversely affects the thousands of people who visit the beautiful rural countryside of Brooksville and Withlacoochee State Forest every year. We are not naive - we know there is a need for landfills. But a landfill simply does not make any sense in the proposed area. As our Research Paper concludes - C&D Landfills are seriously prone to fires and explosions, but yet the site is surrounded by thousands of acres of trees and brush not to mention hundreds of homes, businesses and farms. This is just one of the biggest issues we have with the proposed Croom C&D Landfill. In addition, we've listed an overview of just some of the main points on this issue below. But here's the bottom line: Will this Construction and Demolition Landfill be an asset to Hernando County? NO!
Zoning for the proposed site was granted by Judge Springstead over 12 years ago but the landfill was never properly permitted or began operating. The zoning overlay designation should have expired.
The roads are inadequate to accommodate 75+ large commercial vehicles per day six (6) days per week at the minimum. We have documented this by measuring the roads ourselves and compared it to the width of the trucks that will be travelling to the dump. See the evidence pictures for more.
Forest and wildlife will have to be destroyed/relocated if the request for an easement through Trail 18 is granted. See our Evidence Pictures to learn more.
There is no synthethic liner required in this landfill - only a "clay barrier". Therefore there is NO REASONABLE ASSURANCE that our groundwater will not become contaminated. Most research we've found in fact states that groundwater contamination is likely inevitable. See our Water Issues page to learn more.
In the event of groundwater contamination, over the years we will have reduced property values, businesses will be hurt, the forest will have reduced wildlife numbers, the County will lose valuable income, etc.
In the event of a fire or explosion at the landfill site, a large part of our forest could be destroyed along with wildlife, surrounding homes and farms could also be destroyed.
Decomposing Gypsum Wallboard and Chinese Drywall has been proven to emit toxic gas into the air causing respiratory problems, eye problems, headaches, nausea and vomiting, etc. See our Air Quality page to learn more.
The final elevation upon the landfill closing can be as high as approximately 70 feet above the surrounding ground level. This is not 70 feet from the bottom of the pits - rather approximately 70 feet from the original site elevation. Thus the area would then have its own Mt. Croom! This would be a monstrosity of a site that people from all over, especially those on I-75, will be able to see. Need a visual? See below...
This landfill would have no positive effect on Hernando County, its residents or the Forest. In researching this project the only positive aspect would be to line the pockets of the several people who operate the landfill and live and spend their money in different counties. Please help us fight this ill-conceived project. If it can happen here it can happen anywhere. This is NOT a neighborhood issue - this is an issue where we are fighting for what is right and the quality of life that we have all worked so hard to have.
According to Hamilton Engineering's January 2008 survey submitted to FDEP, the closing mound of landfill debris as allowed by FDEP may be approximately 70 feet above the site's current ground level. Go outside, look up into the sky and try to imagine how high 70 feet is from where you are standing. In one of the documents to forestry regarding the easement the applicant states "The placement of construction and demolition debris and dirt/filler cover at the landfill are resulting in the reclamation of the prior sand mine excavation pit and providing visual improvements to the property. This creates substantial aesthetic benefits for both the adjacent users of the forest and for the neighborhood in general.". Seriously?