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POLLUTION IN FLORIDA

 POLLUTION IN FLORIDA
 SAN DIEGO, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The state of Florida has


51,396 registered facilities that generate or store hazardous waste, according to a firm that maintains a nationwide database of sites with potential environmental problems.
 The greater Miami/Fort Lauderdale area has the highest number of sites with 9,383, followed closely by the Tampa/St. Petersburg area with 8,364 sites, according to San Diego- based Vista Environmental Information Inc.
 The "Miami/Fort Lauderdale area" is defined here as zip codes 33000 through 33299. "Tampa/St. Petersburg" is defined as areas with zip codes that begin with 335, 336, 337 and 346.
 "Florida has its fair share of underground storage tanks, and a lot of them leak. Additionally, there are a lot of mid-sized manufacturing operations in urban areas that have permits to handle or store hazardous waste," said Jerry Marani, Vista vice president.
 Vista collects data from local, state and federal agencies. It sells reports on potential environmental liability to lending institutions, environmental consultants, insurance companies and the legal community.
 Lending institutions in particular want information on potential borrower liability. In a recent survey, seven of ten lenders said that they recently had denied credit to otherwise qualified borrowers because of liability concerns.
 The remaining facilities in Florida are spread fairly evenly throughout the state with the Jacksonville and Orlando areas showing a high concentration of potential pollution sources.
 Florida has 4,118 so-called "large quantity generators". Roughly one out of four are in the greater Miami/Fort Lauderdale area.
 In a recent review of its database, Vista found that Florida had a fairly high geographic density of registered polluting facilities, with roughly three times the national average.
 Alaska and Montana were relatively risk-free, while Delaware, Illinois, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Jersey all had higher facility densities than Florida.
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 /CONTACT: Jerry Marani of Vista Environmental Information Inc., 619-450-6100; or John Karevoll, 714-867-7656, for Vista Environmental Information/ CO: Vista Environmental Information Inc. ST: California IN: SU:


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