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Saturday, December 05, 2009

So Why Wasn't Asbestos Dumping Investigated?

We learned from police reports (MIPD & FDEP) that the dumping, staging, pulverizing and removal of tons of asbestos was not investigated.

As to the FDEP's non-involvement, we found in the MIPD final report the October 25, 2006 entry by the MIPD Detective Guerrero that the FDEP would not investigate:

"Regarding the current findings on site-C [the few pipe fragments], Harris [FDEP Investigator Dave Harris]stated that DEP would not be conducting an
investigation, but if their assistance was needed they would be available."

Since we can't accept/believe/understand that the state of Florida's institution charge with investigating such contamination simply left it up to an investigator to decide on his own to not investigate, we issued a formal Florida Statute 119 public records request of the FDEP asking who ordered the Investigator Harris to not investigate. Here is their reply:

From: Bevis, Grea
Sent: Wednesday, December 02, 2009 10:41 AM
Cc: Hazleton, Bonnie; Hartman, Tracey
Subject: Response to Question 12/1/09

With regards to your question below, no one directed or “ever suggested” to Agent Harris to not look into or investigate any matters related to Marco Island.

Thank you,
Chief Grea Bevis
DEP-Division of Law Enforcement

Are the citizens to conclude that an investigator for the FDEP simply took it upon himself to not investigate dumping, staging, pulverizing and removal of tons of asbestos - though it is the FDEP's legal mandate to do so?


  • By now we shouldn't be surprised at this revelation. This "investigator" should have to state under oath who told him not to do this and/or why he chose to not act on behalf of the people paying his salary. The term "public servant" certainly doesn't apply to him.

    By Anonymous KarenGlaub, at Sunday, December 06, 2009 2:28:00 PM  

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