Piney Point Update – July 7, 2023

Piney Point

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Piney Point Update – July 7, 2023

The court-appointed receiver and its contractor, Forgen LLC, have completed the liner installation on top of the OGS-South compartment and are now working to complete the final details for closure, including placing soil cover and grass over the area so that it will no longer accumulate rainwater.

The NGS-South compartment is the next compartment scheduled for closure work per the site’s approved closure plan. The court-appointed receiver is moving forward with the procurement process and is currently reviewing all submitted proposals for this work.

DEP will continue performing its stringent regulatory oversight of the facility to ensure this is the last chapter in the long history of Piney Point. DEP is committed to working with the receiver to ensure that progress toward closure is done as expeditiously as possible.

Note: DEP will continue to maintain updates on closure progress on its public webpage. Email status updates for subscribers are now sent on a monthly basis. The next update will be sent Friday, Aug. 4, 2023. Real-time updates will be transmitted if there is a timely update.

Key status updates and response activities (bolded and underlined language reflects changes):

  • The site received 4.16 inches of rain last month. Piney Point has received approximately 13.11 inches of rain since Jan. 1, 2023. In response to rain events, clean, non-contact stormwater will be conveyed as needed through the site's permitted outfall along Buckeye Road. Samples are collected at the permitted outfall during runoff events to confirm the stormwater meets the requirements of the permit.
  • The current storage capacity for additional rainfall at the site is approximately 51.1 inches. This capacity is expected to change with rainfall amounts, as well as adjusted water management activities at the site.
  • Manatee County began receiving non-hazardous industrial wastewater from the site on April 4, 2023, for disposal in its UIC Well along Buckeye Road, and to date, 54,736,870 gallons have been transferred. This project is one critical element of the necessary water disposal that will enable the ultimate closure of the Piney Point facility once and for all, permanently eliminating the threat from this site to the environment and the community.
  • Approximately 229 million gallons are currently held within the NGS-South compartment. Pond level readings are expected to fluctuate due to a host of factors, including wind/associated waves in the pond, rainfall and water management activities.

Residents can find the latest information on the status of the site, response activities and water quality at