Mine Blasting Study
In 2017, the Florida Legislature appropriated funds via 2016-2017 General Appropriations Act, specific appropriation number 2374, to the Department of Financial Services (DFS) allowing DFS to contract for a study to review whether the established statewide ground vibrations limits, as established by the US Bureau of Mines Report RI 8507, Appendix B (USBM ABLC), for construction material mining activities are still appropriate and to review any legitimate claims paid for damages caused by such mining activities. The study was required to include a review of measured amplitudes and frequencies, structure responses, theoretical analyses of material strengths and strains, and assessments of home damages. The SFM’s selected vendor for the study was RESPEC, Inc., an out-of-state engineering firm. RESPEC delivered its final study to DFS at the end of July 2018.