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The Florida Legislature created the State Underground
Petroleum Environmental Response Act (SUPER Act) in
response to ground water contamination resulting from
leaking underground petroleum storage tanks.
The SUPER Act Program is responsible for identifying
areas in the state having drinking water contaminated as
a result of leaking underground storage tanks, surface
spills and other discharges to the environment. This
program conducts well surveillance in potentially
impacted areas, notifies the public of potential adverse
health effects and provides assistance in obtaining
alternative sources of drinking water.
Environmental Engineering staff identify all private
water wells within ¼ mile, and all public drinking water
wells within ½ mile of potential petroleum contamination
sources. We also collect samples from these wells, and
have them tested for any contamination. This sampling is
performed under a Florida Department of Environmental
Protection contract administered through the Department
of Health in Tallahassee. The program is funded through
a reimbursement formula designed by the state.