MANATEE -- Dredging is expected to resume at Port Manatee in the next seven to 10 days as repairs continue at a Piney Point facility that handles dredge material for the port project, according to Jordan Levy, a company official.
The Piney Point facility, owned by HRK Holdings LLC, is under repair after it leaked more than 169 million gallons into the surrounding neighborhood and Bishop Harbor, according to calculations provided earlier this week by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, which is overseeing repairs.
Company officials have said they suspect that ruptures in a plastic liner in a compartment atop the huge facility at 13300 U.S. 41 N. caused leaks over at least three weeks.
The company was able to halt the leaks June 16.
Port Manatee halted dredging on its construction project on June 3 in order to provide the company time to diagnose and fix the leaks.
The company today is working with several grouting contractors to schedule repairs, said Levy, HRK’s chief executive officer.
The engineering firm Ardaman & Associates, Inc. and another third-party liner expert are performing lab tests today in order to pinpoint the cause of the liner failure, Levy said.
Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at (941) 745-7031.