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Sewage company must pay $58K for illegal dumping

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The JEA has ordered Floaters Portable Sanitation to pay $58,000 in penalties and fines for improperly unloading septic tank waste.

In the latest development after a News4Jax obtained photographic evidence from a whistle blower of the workers dumping sewage at a Tallyrand dump station the company was not permitted to use.

In September, the Duval County Health Department found the dumping was illegal and issued a letter of warning to Floater.

Officials with the city-owned utility said at the time they are doing their due diligence to see if the company accessed the city's sewer lines.

The Health Department said its inspection of a Floaters truck in late September found it satisfactory. The News4Jax learned inspectors also looked at the truck’s records to see where it was offloading waste, which the Health Department doesn't normally inspect.

The department is also considering a new “best practices” policy after News4Jax reported that Floaters had sparse dump records for the three months before the investigation.

In the last five years, only one inspection at Floaters was found to be unsatisfactory.  That was in 2014 and the problems were considered minor and were fixed.

Floaters did agreed to an interview about the dumping, but a representative from the company maintained this is all a misunderstanding and the problem has been fixed.