Mosaic

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Crews have sealed a giant sinkhole that opened up beneath a fertilizer plant waste pond nearly two years ago sending millions of gallons of polluted water into Florida's main drinking water aquifer.

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Manatee County Commissioners extended a public hearing on the proposed rezoning of the Wingate East phosphate mine until Wednesday.

Commissioners Monday finished a two-day public hearing, where most of the speakers opposed the mine expansion. On Wednesday, Feb. 15, they'll question Mosaic engineers and county staffers, beginning at 9 a.m. The board is expected to vote on the rezoning request at the end of that meeting.

Monday, dozens of people told commissioners what they think about the mine expansion.

The first hint that Mosaic's Wingate Mine is no ordinary phosphate mine comes when you drive down a dirt road and see a large dredge boat listing in a pond that can barely contain it. Drive a few more minutes, and prepare to board a tugboat in a huge artificial lake.

This summer, more than 215 million gallons of wastewater poured into the Floridan Aquifer when a sinkhole opened up at the Mosaic fertilizer plant in Polk County.

Lawmakers are vowing to strengthen public notice requirements for toxic spills after an administrative law judge struck down an emergency rule by Governor Rick Scott.

Judge Throws Out Pollution Notification Rule

Jan 2, 2017
Suzanne Young

An administrative law judge Friday ruled that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection overstepped its authority in proposing new requirements for notifying the public when pollution occurs.

Public Hearing Set On Massive Sinkhole At Mosaic

Dec 5, 2016
Mosaic

The first public meeting will be held in Polk County for residents to hear more about the safety of drinking water in the wake of a massive sinkhole at a fertilizer plant that's sent millions of gallons of contaminated water into Florida's main aquifer.

Mosaic

The Mosaic Co. has announced a new, limited water well testing program in an effort to reassure Polk and Hillsborough county residents about the safety of their drinking water following a major environmental accident in September.

State regulators are assuring Floridians their drinking water is safe in the wake of a sinkhole at a Polk county fertilizer plant.  But the agency’s response is raising other concerns.

DEP: Plant Runoff Not Contaminating Wells Near Sinkhole

Nov 17, 2016
Mosaic

State environmental officials say that contaminates have been found in private wells of 57 homeowners near the site of a sinkhole at a fertilizer plant, but that the plant's contaminated runoff hasn't been detected in those wells.

Democratic Congresswoman Gwen Graham says the Department of Environmental Protection’s early response to the Mosaic sinkhole was inadequate.  The outgoing lawmaker is raising concerns as she considers a 2018 gubernatorial bid.

The Department of Environmental Protection is tinkering with new regulations that would expedite public notification for pollution.   But many industrial interests are pushing back.

Proposed notification guidelines for pollution are raising hackles among the state’s major industries.  The rule changes come after millions of gallons of contaminated water were spilled at a Mosaic phosphate plant.

Mosaic

A fertilizer company says it hopes to have a massive sinkhole plugged by spring, months after contaminated water and waste began flowing into Florida's main drinking water aquifer.

Mosaic

Hurricane Matthew's heavy rains are predicted to soak much of Florida, and that could complicate efforts to manage the pollution flowing into a sinkhole that opened up beneath a fertilizer plant's massive pile of toxic waste.

Mosaic

The FBI wants to discover who sent an envelope containing an unknown white powder to the company on whose property a massive sinkhole opened, causing contaminated water and fertilizer to flow into Florida's main drinking water aquifer.

The FBI said Saturday it testing the powder delivered Friday to Mosaic Corp.'s Tampa area headquarters. The powder is being tested to see if it is dangerous.

A massive sinkhole under a phosphate plant in Central Florida is dumping millions of gallons of contaminated water into the ground. West in Tampa, that city’s mayor is facing questions about his handling of a sewage spill into the bay. And in North Florida, a fight over a proposed wastewater pipeline, has surrounding counties picking sides.

Mosaic

A fertilizer company spokeswoman says one well on its property has seen contamination spread from a huge sinkhole that sent contaminated water and fertilizer into Florida's main drinking water aquifer.

Mosaic

Residents near a Florida fertilizer plant that has leaked more than 200 million gallons of contaminated water into a drinking water aquifer can have their wells tested for free.

A sinkhole opened up Friday underneath a fertilizer factory in central Florida, dumping millions of gallons of contaminated water into the Floridan Aquifer. This is the latest in a string of issues that has scientists worried about the health of the state’s primary water source.

Mosaic

Tens of millions of gallons of reprocessed water from a fertilizer plant in central Florida are likely being dumped into the Floridan aquifer after a massive sinkhole opened up underneath a gypsum stack at a Mosaic phosphate fertilizer company.

Mosaic

One of the world's largest fertilizer makers is settling a massive hazardous waste lawsuit for nearly $2 billion to help clean up pollution and upgrade leaky facilities in Florida and Louisiana, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Tampa Bay Times

Three years ago, state officials wanted to acquire a piece of “environmentally sensitive” land along the Peace River, but the $14-million price tag was too high. Now the state has a chance to grab the land for free and turn it into a state park. Yet the current regime at DEP has turned down the offer, the Tampa Bay Times reports.