State leader calls on national government to aid toxic sludge cleanup
Pressure is coming from the state and now the federal levels to get toxic sludge cleaned up in Fort Myers.
The City of Fort Myers is releasing their findings on sludge to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, on the same day that Senator Bill Nelson called on the Environmental Protection Agency to intervene.
Friday marked the deadline for the city to hand over test results from recent groundwater tests at six monitoring wells.
NBC2 received the leaked results from attorneys representing residents living in and around South Street.
Arsenic levels five times what's considered safe was discovered in one of the six wells tested, with other wells also testing high for the toxic material.
At first, the results were on a need-to-know basis as city leaders decided not to publicize the data, saying the results were inconclusive.