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Gulf Power Waste Water Proposal Causes Concern

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Gulf power is working toward a new waste water disposal option in the area, but some residents aren't happy about it.

Around the county, there were multiple public hearings, Thursday. Residents expressed their concern and had their questions answered.

The proposal includes the plans to pump waste water deep into the ground at the Lansing Smith plant in Southport.

The waste would be pushed into the ground far away from the drinkable water supply.  

Despite the assurance from officials, residents worried about the possible effects on the community and drinking water.

The Department of Environmental Protection says this is an opportunity that will allow for a reduction in the amount of waste water that is flowing into near by water ways.

"We are coming up off the cusp of a BP oil spill and coming off of a lot of interest regarding fracking," said Clifford Wilson, Assistant Director of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. "With those recent buzz words in the media all the time, there is a lot of public interest and I think it's good. People should be concerned, they should be aware, but a project like this for Bay County, for our citizens, for our nutrient reduction, is definitely a benefit."

Gulf power says a similar waste water reduction plan has been working in Pensacola for the past two and a half years, without incident.

The FDEP permitting process for the Bay County project is still on-going.