Water Fight

The Biscayne Aquifer is pristine no more

Regardless, Brant and Caveda's court testimony casts doubt on whether county leaders went far enough to pursue legitimate suspicions about a possible cause of the contamination. "Looking back over the past ten years, we really only get information through litigation," says Alan Farago, a Sierra Club activist. "The benzene is the best example. Finally a federal court case disgorged this information."

Moreover, though the benzene plume in the northwest disappeared during the first half of 2006, on June 29 tests from wells in the area again seemed to show traces of the chemical. More samples are being analyzed to confirm the result.

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