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Petroleum contamination sites bill passes with support from site owners, contractors

Sen. Wilton Simpson explains his amendment to SB 1582 dealing with petroleum contamination sites. It allows station owners to hire their own contractors if it reduces the cost to the state by 25 percent. Photo by Bruce Ritchie.

A Senate bill that would require competitive bidding for state petroleum site cleanups cleared its second committee stop on Tuesday with an amendment that won support from site owners and cleanup contractors.

In 2013, the Legislature passed budget language directing DEP to establish competitive bidding for 17,300 sites in the state cleanup program. The department developed bidding rules that were required to receive the full $125 million in the FY 2013-14 state budget for cleanups.

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