Bridgeport barge moved to northeast Florida shipyards – action news jax
HANNA PARK, Fla – Morgan Smith surfs in Hanna Park almost every day.
Action News Jax told him the Bridgeport barge had been moved earlier on Friday morning.
“I think all surfers are probably happy enough that he’s moved,” Smith said. “Nobody wants to surf with toxic stuff.”
The barge came from a power station in Puerto Rico.
A spokesperson for the recovery effort said it was carrying coal ash from Agremax waste, a material used in concrete. The spokesperson said potentially up to 9,000 tonnes of coal ash were on the barge in March when the barge ran aground outside the mouth of the Saint John River.
Then in May, a storm caused it to dump some of the waste into the sea.
Action News drone Jax Sky Vision captured video of the Bridgeport as it descended the St. Johns River on Friday. His large basin showed what looked like remains of ash.
The state Department of Environmental Protection’s water sampling reports showed traces of arsenic, lead, and mercury. A DEP spokesperson said the results did not cause water quality violations by state standards.
When asked about the recovery effort, Smith was quite understanding. “There is always room for improvement. But you know it’s a complex process to get the barge out, so that’s understood.
Smith calls the ash spill “quite alarming” but says he will surf regardless.
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