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David Jolly offers protection to whistleblowers on St. Pete sewer spill

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In addition to asking the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate St. Petersburg’s sewage crisis, David jolly is now offering whistleblower protection to anyone with information about the city wastewater spills.

Charlie Frago of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Indian Shores Republican has been working with Craven Askew, the plant operator who warned the city about shutting down the Albert Whitted wastewater treatment facility.

That closure led to the Northwest wastewater plant spilling nearly 60 million gallons of partially treated water into Tampa and Boca Ciega Bays as well as the watersheds of Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties after Hurricane Hermine struck Florida’s Gulf Coast earlier this month.

Askew has also called into question statements from the administration of St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman downplaying the public health risk from the spills.

According to a statement from Jolly’s office, the congressman is “encouraging any city employees with information about the St. Petersburg sewage spills to come forward to his office for assistance with whistleblower protection. It is clear that the community will only benefit from greater transparency – transparency that may only be possible through increased employee protections.”

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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