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01/26/10 - 05:38 PM
While the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport’s contractors claim they’ve got the storm water runoff problem under control, one of the airport’s board members isn’t convinced.
Airport board chairman, Joe Tannehill, says he wants to get the problem under control because he thinks they’re in danger of losing the whole project.
Residents in Burnt Mill Creek are claiming they’ve found a source of pollution coming directly from the airport.
Tannehill says he wants to hire a third party environmental firm to oversee what’s going on at the airport despite claims that they’ve got everything under control.
They’ve already purchased around a million dollars worth of sod to comply with Department of Environmental orders, something they were fined for earlier this year.
Tuesday, at the board’s meeting, they approved an additional $275,000 of sod.
“Anytime we have a breach or violate a consent order we’re not doing what we have consented to do and said we’ve do to the DEP. So obviously the balls in our court to make do what we say we will do,” said Tannehill.
Meanwhile, the fight between the new airport and one of its contractors may be on it’s way to being resolved.
The airport and Phoenix Construction have been at odds for a while about who’s responsible for storm water runoff problems.
It all started when the airport said Phoenix should pay the DEP’s fines against the airport.
But that’s not the only thing their arguing about.
Also at the meeting, Phoenix Constructions’ James Finch claimed that he hasn’t been paid since October and can’t pay his employees.
The airport says this is due to do miscommunications and government paper work issues.
Now their going through a process of mediation with a third party.
Airport Executive Director Randy Curtis says this mediation will help them to identify the issues and concerns for both parties.
He says this isn’t something that’s going to affect the airport’s May 23rd deadline.
“They’re not walking off the project or anything like that and I think there’s been no discussion about the airport authority terminating their contract,” said Curtis.
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