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Sanford seeks answers from Florida agencies on 1,4-dioxane contamination

Sanford is calling on two state agencies to say what they know regarding the 1,4-dioxane contamination first discovered a decade ago in the city’s wells, including at what concentration and over what period of time does the toxic chemical in drinking water become a threat to public health.

Among the more than two dozen questions submitted to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the state’s Department of Health, the city also is asking whether the agencies have any plans to adopt rules setting drinking water standards for 1,4-dioxane and PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals” that are found in countless consumer products.

“The regulatory agencies for water are the EPA (federal Environmental Protection Agency), the DEP and the DOH,” said Lonnie Groot, an assistant city attorney for Sanford. “And those agencies are tasked with telling cities and counties and other types of utility providers what the standards are, what the expectations are, and what the disclosure requirements should be” regarding contaminants.