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Fight over EZbase goes to Tallahassee

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Updated: 2/06 11:47 pm
MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- After several years of concerns over EZbase in Clay County, commissioners have written letters to state lawmakers to help prevent the potentially toxic product from coming into the county. 

"I've got a problem as a government or a county when I can't stop someone from bringing something into the county that could be toxic," said County Commissioner Ronnie Robinson.

EZbase is used as road-building material and some people claim it is toxic. EZbase, which is produced by JEA, is permitted by the state which means the county can't ban it.

 Clay County attorneys have drafted a letter to state lawmakers Sen. Rob Bradley, Rep. Charlie VanZant, and Rep. Travis Cummings for their help.

The letter points out concerns about EZbase's regulation. Clay County attorneys wrote "There appears to be no oversight" or "any requirements for inspection."

Action News contacted Sen. Rob Bradley, who in a statement, said "Our office is currently working with the Department of Environmental Protection to obtain assurances that there is a plan in place to mitigate any negative environmental impacts that have occurred with previous circulation."

Robinson said while the letter is a good start, more still needs to be done.

"What they need to do at the state is make it where I'm allowed at the county level to stop someone from bringing something into my county that we don't know if it's safe or not," said Robinson.

According to Robinson, he'd support a county ordinance that would allow restrictions on the product to make sure it is used properly.

A JEA spokesperson told Action News because there is an impending lawsuit by a man who claims EZbase contaminated his property, JEA can't speak about the issue.

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