The Department of Environmental Protection is calling clean-up efforts at the Coyote Waste Disposal site an "environmental slam-dunk." The site in Millville is getting some much needed positive attention at little cost to the state, Bay County, and Panama City.
It's an eyesore and environmental issue the DEP said had to be taken care of. Nearly 19,000 cubic yards of waste sit on the disposal site. But, that's all changing.
Bay County company Phoenix Construction began the clean-up process Wednesday nearly for free. The company agreed to the work to offset its own environmental violations at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. Bay County and the City of Panama City are splitting the remaining costs. The county is also waiving the tipping fees at the incinerator for up $100,000 worth of waste.
Clean-up will take nearly two months. The DEP says the site was never supposed to have so much debris piled on it. It was licensed to be a transfer station, not landfill.
As for what will be done with the property once it's clean, Panama City Mayor Greg Brudnicki said the city will have to look at options depending on the condition of the land. While, Bay County Chairman George Gainer said it will not be another waste facility.