Deerfield Beach Denying Citizens and Media Right to Inspect Water Treatment Plant With Cancer Causing Carcinogens Found In The Water

 

Deerfield-News.com-Deerfield Beach,Fl-Now that we have proved our water system was in violation for 3 Years and still needs an estimated 14.6 Million dollars worth of work.The city of Deerfield Beach has denied Mr. John Grassi ,from the Facebook group Deerfield Beach Politics request for a tour, unfettered of the beleaguered facility.We also have requested a tour from the city.(see email below).Now that we have shown there are carcinogenic cancer causing material in our water.How about calling your commissioners and MayorGanz and asking them to allow our request,.They require no special security clearance for anyone entering or leaving that building and facility.

From:
Heather Montemayor <HMontemayor@deerfield-beach.com> (Remove Preferred Sender)
Date: Tue, Jan 16, 2018 6:32 am
To: “news@deerfield-news.com” <news@deerfield-news.com>
Cc: Bill Ganz <bganz@deerfield-beach.com>, Samantha Gillyard <SGillyard@deerfield-beach.com>
Hello,

We are in receipt of your below request and will notify you once it is ready.

 

Thanks!

 

 

 

Heather Montemayor

Assistant City Clerk

City of Deerfield Beach

150 NE 2nd Avenue

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

P: 954.480.4213

F: 954.480.4323

 

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Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2018 8:52 AM
To: Heather Montemayor <hmontemayor@deerfield-beach.com></hmontemayor@deerfield-beach.com>
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Subject: FWD: Public records request on Deerfield Beach’s water treatment plant

 

Hello Heather,

We respectfully request the following public records.

All communications and correspondence including electronic.emails texts, notes etc, from anyone employed by the city of Deerfield Beach and Florida Department of Health for Broward County, from July of 2017 thru today.

Specifically, we also ask for the current status of Deerfield Beach’s deficiencies from their inspections and re-inspections that still have not been remedied.

We also ask for the right to be accompanied by a state official and city official and tour the facility.

Thank You,

Howard Levy

 

 

Here again are the facts-

Source-EWG.org

Water utility compliance with legally mandated federal standards

  • From April 2014 to March 2017 this water utility was in violation of health-based drinking water standards:
    NO
  • From April 2014 to March 2017 this water utility was in violation of monitoring for contaminants or reporting monitoring tests to state agencies as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act:
    YES
  • 12 QUARTERS

    in violation of any federal drinking water standard from April 2014 to March 2017

Subject: Deerfield Beach water treatment Plant Rust Problem
From: <news@deerfield-news.com>
Date: Mon, August 07, 2017 7:35 am
To: “Heather Montemayor” <HMontemayor@deerfield-beach.com>

Hello Heather,
Please forward any and all public records ,letters,emails,etc from State of Florida Department of Health and or Broward County Health Department to “The City” about a “Rust problem at our water treatment plant.
Thanks,
Howie

Now when we request from the State of Florida Department of Health we received a report of our plants deficiencies and pictures shoing rust. The State of Florida then has their attorney ask us not to publish the pictures they sent to us.

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: Important: Public Records Request
From: “Eichner, Paul D” <Paul.Eichner@flhealth.gov>
Date: Tue, August 15, 2017 8:47 am
To: “‘news@deerfield-news.com‘” <news@deerfield-news.com>

Dear Mr. Levy:

 

The Department of Health responded to your public records request yesterday.  Your request specifically sought information regarding possible water system corrosion and rust.  In our response, reference was made to certain photographs not being released pursuant to exemptions as permitted by law under the Florida Statutes.  As a practical matter, the pictures were inadvertently released.  Those photos are exempt from public disclosure pursuant to §119.07 and §119.071 (3)(b)1. and 2.  I understand that six of the pictures were posted on your website.  We would ask that you respect the intent behind the law.  We request that you please remove the published pictures that have been posted as soon as possible and refrain from further dissemination of those images.

 

Thank you in advance for your consideration and cooperation.

 

Regards,

 

 

Paul D. Eichner, Chief Legal Counsel

Office of General Counsel

Florida Department of Health-Broward County
780 SW 24th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
(954)467-4700 ext. 4103

Paul.Eichner@flhealth.gov

MISSION STATEMENT: TO PROTECT, PROMOTE & IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF ALL PEOPLE IN FLORIDA THROUGH INTEGRATED STATE, COUNTY & COMMUNITY EFFORTS.

Vision: Healthiest State in the NationEWG.org’s e

Values: (ICARE)

Let us look at the timeline.In August it appears for the first time in 12 quarters the city was in compliancej ust take a look at EWG’s report on the City of Deerfield Beach.

City of Deerfield Beach

 

 

EWG’s drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, as well as information from the U.S. EPA Enforcement and Compliance History database (ECHO). For the latest quarter assessed by the EPA (April 2014 to March 2017), tap water provided by this water utility was in compliance with federal health-based drinking water standards.

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contaminants detected above health guidelines

5

other detected contaminants

Includes chemicals detected in 2015 for which annual utility averages exceeded an EWG-selected health guideline established by a federal or state public health authority; chemicals detected under the EPA’s Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 3) program in 2013 to 2015, for which annual utility averages exceeded a health guideline established by a federal or state public health authority.

  • Chromium (hexavalent)

    cancer

    • Chromium (hexavalent) is a carcinogen that commonly contaminates American drinking water. Chromium (hexavalent) in drinking water may be due to industrial pollution or natural occurrences in mineral deposits and groundwater. Read more about chromium (hexavalent).

     


  • Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)

    cancer

    • Trihalomethanes are cancer-causing contaminants that form during water treatment with chlorine and other disinfectants. The total trihalomethanes group includes four chemicals: chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane and bromoform.

     


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