Opponents Site Biolab Hazardous Waste as the Next Battleground

Heavily-Redacted Documents from Scripps Biotech Give Local Residents Cause for Alarm in New Construction Plan

Palm Beach Gardens, FL – Yesterday, the Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition (PBCEC) filed an amended challenge to the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) first proposed construction permit intended specifically for the biotech facility on the Briger forest.

While a portion of the Briger has been under construction since November of last year, the development was limited to roads and clearing for the Alton residential area. This permit modification challenged by PBCEC is explicitly aimed at constructing in an 8-acre area for a road called Pasteur Boulevard which would be the access way for Scripps Phase II, a biotech laboratory facility handling high-level hazardous materials.

A recent series of reports by USA Today exposed heavily redacted documents regarding the materials used by Scripps Biotech’s existing Florida facility. PBCEC activists say they found this very troubling.

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Next on the chopping block is the acres that are west of 95 where 331 new homes are planned to be built!

Palm Beach Gardens Residents call your commission tell them that you don’t want or need this! Preserve the Briger Tract as an educational resource for future generations. There are 500 acres left! This fight is not over!

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 COME TO OUR MONTHLY MEETING First Wednesday 6:30 PM AT THE GARDENS BRANCH LIBRARY TO GET UPDATED ON THE CAMPAIGN, HEAR ABOUT THE LAWSUIT, AND SHARE YOUR IDEAS ON HOW TO SAVE THIS FOREST AND STOP SCRIPPS BIOTECH!

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Why We Want This Forest Preserved:

In its current state, the Briger Forest is an uncommonly large and valuable piece of habitat, boasting an ecosystem that is the last of its kind in this area. It is the home to several species under threat of extinction, including the gopher tortoise and hand fern.

However, after much controversy, the Scripps Research Institute is looking to fulfill their dream of a commercial/residential offshoot of their facility on Florida Atlantic University’s FAU campus— by bulldozing one of the largest tracts of intact forest remaining in southeastern Florida.

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We are beyond the point of compromising even one inch of nature to corporate greed — that’s why it’s time to say:

Currently, a petition has been filed by the Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition charging that the district has failed to assure (1) adequate measures to protect the Eastern Indigo Snake and other species living in the Briger and (2) a hazardous waste management plan sufficient to protect residents of the proposed housing, as well as to prevent pollution of the Intracoastal Waterway.

The Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition, Everglades Earth First! and local residents have been holding protests at various sites related to the project. Contact pbcecoalition@gmail.com if you would like to get involved!

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