TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Contact 5 Investigation that uncovered herbicides and toxic soil on the Treasure Coast is getting the attention of officials in Tallahassee.
Monday night NewsChannel 5, in partnership with Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, revealed the results of their first of its kind testing of the toxic water.
State officials with the Department of Environmental Protection in Tallahassee said they watched the investigation Tuesday morning and a spokesperson told Contact 5 Investigator Dan Krauth they were “surprised” by the results. They now want to do some investigating of their own.
The Contact 5 Investigators teamed up with our news partners in December to test the water and sediment in three Treasure Coast counties. They discovered trace amounts of three herbicides in the water and soil. They’re chemicals you might use around the yard like Roundup.
A state scientist told NewsChannel 5 they were “surprised” the main ingredient, glyphosate, was discovered in the first place because it’s so difficult to detect. Plus, they were “even more surprised” at one of the other chemicals found, indaziflam, because it’s relatively new and hasn’t been used in the state for very long.
The Department of Environmental Protection requested a copy of NewsChannel 5’s test results to take a closer look. They could hold meetings to discuss the findings and to determine what to do next.