Breaking News: City issues Cease Discharge Order to Anuvia
Reply Reply Michael Heaton March 7, 2017 at 9:29 am TAGSAnuviaCity of Apopka Previous articleCRA’s need to train to winNext articleApopka High Drama Department presents “Neverwhere” Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate 14 COMMENTS And the Mayor, Joe was a part of that body when the agreement was voted on and he agreed, stop acting like Obama and admit it was your fault not a deceased John Lands fault. No one is perfect especially the current Mayor who is trying to ruin this wonderful city, but John Land loved this city and devoted his life to it, So grow up Mr mayor and accept the responsibly you asked for and stop blaming the previous administration which you were part of. March 6, 2017 at 10:16 pm Reply Reply Mama Mia Also Dan it was not mismanagement by the city’s wastewater treatment plant that Anuvia was shut down for, it was the contract ran out, and also because of chemicals from the fertilizer processed wastewater sent in to the COA’s plant was killing off the bugs needed to clean the water and terms could not be met between the two parties. The contract expired and the city and the fertilizer company could not comes to terms. That is the reason for the cease to discharge letter dated Mar. 6. I don’t know what Anuvia’s options are unless they somehow manage to agree to the conditions of the new permit which are more strict than the previous permit, I assume, or if other conditions spelled out are met. The DEP is demanding Apopka’s wastewater plant to maintain certain standards. The city didn’t shut Anuvia off to punish them. It wasn’t like that. Now the city has to get their wastewater plant cleaned up and it will take 12 weeks, and be expensive. No one wanted people to lose their jobs at Anuvia, but there were 4 or 5 wastewater employees for whatever reason that lost out on their jobs too because of the wastewater fiasco. If Mayor Land was still around you could personally ask him Dan, as to why he agreed to take on Anuvia’s wastewater, but he is not alive, so we will never know. Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply Then don’t read my comments if you don’t appreciate my input. No one MAKES you read what I write. LOL Holy crap Mia, you need a civics lesson. The mayor has absolutely nothing to do with the issuing of wastewater permits for The City of Apopka. The DEP oversees and regulates disposed waste (via permitting and monitoring) at facilities that are within the state of Florida. You’re actively bringing the mayor into this conversation rather than facing the reality here: The City of Apopka mismanaged it’s waste department so thoroughly that a company that set up shop in Orange County specifically because of the city’s claimed ability to take the waste is now being shut down. I have no idea why you’re bringing up a dead mayor and former city officials to defend the city’s reputation so vehemently. Do you work for the city or something? March 7, 2017 at 1:13 pm I would like to know who it was in the chain of command that ordered filters be bypassed and the opening of gates to allow this wastewater to be pumped out on city property. Mayor Joe and his administration refuse to answer the question. In the meantime, a few of the plant managers quit and some others were fired?? I wonder if those that quit did not want to jeopardize their licenses by bypassing filters illegally and decided to quit rather than lose their licenses, Were those that were fired also refusing to do the illegal task, and thus were fired? Mayor Joe’s administration has no consideration of ever admitting to maybe having made a mistake! Please enter your comment! March 9, 2017 at 5:40 am Reply Breaking NewsAnuvia going offline temporarilyThe City of Apopka has ordered Zellwood-based Anuvia Plant Nutrients to immediately stop discharging effluent to the City’s wastewater collection system.The letter to Anuvia from the City dated today reads, in part:“The City’s Water Reclamation Facility has reached a critical point that it is in jeopardy of major violations of its DEP Operating Permit. As a result, in accordance with Part VI, Sections 13G) and 13(0) of the Anuvia Florida LLC Wastewater Discharge Permit, it is necessary for Anuvia Florida LLC to cease discharge of its process effluent to the City’s wastewater collection system immediately and until such time the process effluent can meet the requirements contained in the permit. This process effluent can be hauled to a facility that is capable of proper treatment of the high organic content contained in it. The sanitary effluent from the administrative buildings can still be discharged to the City’s wastewater collection system.”Use this link to read the City’s entire Cease Discharge letter to Anuvia.The Cease Discharge order comes less than a week after the City Council voted to spend $63,400 to have approximately 1,200 cubic yards of “excess” biosolids removed over the course of the next 12 weeks. Prior to and after that vote, members of the Council made it clear they expected Anuvia to absorb some portion of the cost.The letter came as a surprise to Anuvia CEO Amy Yoder.“It’s unfortunate the city decided to issue this less than one business day after providing a proposed permit and without any warning,” she said. “As the letter is quite ambiguous, we are working through exactly what that means for us. But, we designed this facility and invested $100 million based on levels the city mistakenly thought they could handle. They have had three years and have been paid more than $1 million to ensure they could process our water. Obviously, that did not happen and now we feel we are being punished for their internal issues.”Yoder said Anuvia was given no warning or any attempt to help the city with their wastewater facility issues, therefore they are in the process of taking their facility temporarily offline until a solution is developed with or without the city’s facility. As for the new permit, or a renewed business relationship with the City, that is now unknown.“We have asked to meet with the city, their staff, and their consultants,” Yoder said. “As of yet, they have not agreed to that meeting. However, the parameters the city proposed are impossible to meet quickly. They are significantly lower than what was suggested in the Woodard & Curran report and I believe we will need to adjust those levels if we are to continue doing business with the City of Apopka.”Annuvia’s current discharge permit expires today. Annuvia received a proposed renewal permit from the City last Friday, March 3rd.The City staff, through Public Information Officer Robert Sargent, issued this statement:“We as staff view this is an unfortunate set of circumstances, but ordering Anuvia to discontinue sending discharge to the City’s wastewater system is unavoidable. As we have made clear for weeks, the City has been working with the company for quite some time to avoid this decision, but it is no longer an option and should not be a surprise to Anuvia. Elements of Anuvia’s waste exceed the plant’s capacity. Allowing them to continue would put the City in violation of DEP regulations. We appreciate their investment in northwest Orange County and hope to resolve this issue as soon as possible.”Use this link to read the current permit. Dan March 7, 2017 at 6:36 pm March 7, 2017 at 5:06 pm March 7, 2017 at 7:48 pm Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Jim collins Dan Dan do you work for Anuvia? Read my posting above…..you will see that I did say DEP played a part in the permits issued, but what I am trying to get you to understand is that if Mayor Land didn’t want to accept the Anunvia wastewater then he would have had the final say as to say no, we will not accept it, but he started the ball rolling and it took a good while for the plant to be built, at which time he later passed on……geesh. Maybe the Anuvia folks should be mad at Teresa Jacobs and Fred Brummer for leading the Anuvia folks off up to Zellwood, in the first place. There now, are you happy, I am not saying the dead mayor now? These problems started under the previous permit and to avoid too much overflow they cut off a plant and a lot of people’s livelihood in the process. This plant wasn’t opened for one year of activity, it’s a multi-million dollar facility brought to Apopka specifically because the city said they could handle the waste. So what do they do now? Dig up the building and move it to another city who hopefully won’t lie about their ability to take on waste long term? C’mon now. Dan March 10, 2017 at 7:58 pm Dan Reply March 7, 2017 at 2:49 pm Mama Mia Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Mama Mia Reply Good deflection! No one suspects a thing now… Mama Mia Are you honestly under the impression that John Land personally and exclusively approved all wastewater permits for the City of Apopka? There are entire divisions of people that handle this kind of stuff. Most likely the utilities division is to blame for this, not a former dead mayor. March 7, 2017 at 7:52 pm Reply March 7, 2017 at 7:12 pm I’m just a citizen of Apopka clearly talking with a city official due to her overwhelming knowledge of the situation at hand and deep interest in a very niche website. Seriously, you’re in almost every comment section… it’s unnerving. Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Mama Mia March 7, 2017 at 6:03 pm Dan You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Mama Mia The Anatomy of Fear Reply Reply March 7, 2017 at 6:47 pm So Apopka said they could handle the waste and then when Anuvia started sending it they couldn’t anymore. You signed an agreement and then couldn’t hold up your end… Sounds like Apopka needs to get their crap together! March 7, 2017 at 3:30 pm Well unfortunately Mayor Land has passed on and I can’t ask him. I can only assume that there was a discussion between himself and the former city administrator at that time, who I can’t ask now either because he is not at the city. While Mayor Land was a person of the highest integrity, he was not an honorary mayor, meaning that he was of great honor but was not a small time honorary mayor who didn’t have the power to make major decisions, but instead was a strong mayor meaning he had the sole say in such matters, okay? The city’s utility department followed orders from the top dogs and didn’t have the final say so on anything about accepting the fertilizer’s waste waters, I am certain. DEP probably played a part in the okaying it too, I would think, but don’t know for certain. Anyway, what do you mean blame? I didn’t say anything about blame! Reply Please enter your name here Dan The city did live up to the contract to process Anuvia’s wastewater, but the contract expired. There were unforeseen problems that overloaded the city’s wastewater plant, depleting oxygen levels and killing off needed microscopic bugs that help clean the water is what I understand. The city has to answer to the state’s EPA, and they said things weren’t in check, so what was the city suppose to do? They did what they had to do . The city didn’t want to cut Anuvia off, but were forced to. Why the brutal criticism of the city and the mayor? The agreement was made under the former mayor to take on Anuvia’s wastewater. WTH would you all have done if you were running the show and in this situation currently? All of you who are so critical!