TALLAHASSEE ? As Sunshine Week kicks-off this week the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is announcing exciting enhancements to the Contamination Locator Map (CLM) Web tool which will make DEP?s work more transparent. The tool first launched in July 2009. Users who want to be notified on the cleanup progress of a specific site can receive e-mails from DEP. Initially available for petroleum contaminated sites only, the e-mail subscription service is now available for all of DEP?s cleanup sites.
"CLM is an online tool that enables the public to search for waste cleanup sites near their homes, neighborhoods, or any identified location on a Florida map," said Mary Jean Yon, Director of DEP?s Division of Waste Management. "In the spirit of Sunshine Week, it has facilitated a more open and transparent system of environmental protection regarding contaminated sites."
Led by the American Society of News Editors, Sunshine Week is a national initiative to open a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Sunshine Week, designated as March 14-20 this year, seeks to enlighten and empower people to play an active role in their government at all levels.
CLM includes locational information for nearly 17,000 contaminated sites including 13,527 petroleum sites, 101 Brownfield sites, 44 Superfund sites, and 3,256 other waste cleanup sites such as dry-cleaning, hazardous waste and state-owned lands. Search results in the vicinity of the specified location are depicted on a map with site name, address, facility identification number, site type and cleanup status (active or pending). By using the facility identification number, users may view actual documents associated with the site by clicking on the direct link to search the DEP?s Web-based document management system known as OCULUS™.
The CLM subscription service allows users who want to be notified on the cleanup progress of a specific site to receive e-mails from DEP when the site has reached one of the following four cleanup milestones:
- Milestone 1 ? Site Assessment is complete;
- Milestone 2 ? Remedial Action Plan or Strategy has been approved;
- Milestone 3 ? Approved Remedial Action Plan or Strategy has been modified;
- Milestone 4 ? Site Rehabilitation has been completed.
Since CLM was released on DEP's Web site in the summer of 2009, it has been well received by the public because of its transparency and convenience. The Web tool had 1,000 hits the first week it went live on July 22, 2009. Since then, it has been visited more than 10,200 times, and 538 users have registered for the subscription service to be notified of cleanup milestones.
In September 2009 the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) recognized DEP with an ECOS State Program Innovation Award for creating and implementing this public access Web tool. DEP was one of three states to receive awards for outstanding innovation. ECOS is a national non-profit, non-partisan association of state environmental agency leaders.
Visit the CLM site at www.dep.state.fl.us/mainpage/programs/waste.htm by clicking on the CLM button.