Sinkhole sucks millions of gallons of fertilizer wastewater into Florida drinking water


Click to enlargeJim Damaske/AP

The hole in the middle of that now-empty pond is 45 feet in diameter

❝ More than 200 million gallons of contaminated wastewater from a fertilizer plant in central Florida leaked into one of the state’s main underground sources of drinking water after a huge sinkhole opened up beneath a storage pond…

Mosaic, the world’s largest supplier of phosphate, said the hole opened up beneath a pile of waste material called a “gypsum stack”. The 215 million gallon storage pond sat atop the waste mineral pile…

“Groundwater moves very slowly,” said David Jellerson, Mosaic’s senior director for environmental and phosphate projects. “There’s absolutely nobody at risk.”…

Does that mean he’s drinking water from a local source — every day?

❝ The sinkhole, discovered by a worker on 27 August, is believed to reach down to the Floridan aquifer, the company said in a news release…

The Floridan aquifer is a major source of drinking water in the state. One of the highest-producing aquifers in the world, it underlies all of Florida and extends into southern Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.

According to the University of Florida, it’s the principal source of groundwater for much of the state, and the cities of Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Tampa, and St Petersburg all rely on it. The aquifer also supplies water to thousands of domestic, industrial and irrigation wells throughout the state…

❝ The incident comes less than a year after Mosaic, one of the world’s largest fertilizer makers, settled a vast federal environmental lawsuit with the US Environmental Protection Agency in which the company agreed to nearly $2 billion in fixes, improvements and cleanups at its plants…

The usual lies will continue from free market politicians and libertarians who hold that voluntary policing, self-regulation is all that corporate exploiters ever need. That lawsuit after lawsuit is required on an annual basis to acquire any level of environmental safety and sanity doesn’t seem to dent the myths that insulate conservative brains from reality.

2 thoughts on “Sinkhole sucks millions of gallons of fertilizer wastewater into Florida drinking water

  1. Update says:

    “Mining sinkhole leaks radioactive water into FL aquifer; Now seeking discharge permit over New Mexico aquifer” http://progressnownm.org/2016/11/30/mining-sinkhole-leaks-radioactive-water-into-fl-acquifer-now-seeking-discharge-permit-over-nm-aquifer/ “Just after Mosaic, Louisiana and federal regulators announced a $2 billion settlement to federal lawsuits over Mosaics wastewater mishandling and spills at 8 other sites, Mosaic applied for a new discharge permit (for 7,500,000 gallons of mining waste water) from Governor Martinez’s Environment Department. This permit will be one of the first tests of Martinez’s acting Environment Department Secretary, Butch Tongate, who served as deputy to controversial Secretary Ryan Flynn, a former oil and gas lawyer, who left the Martinez administration to lobby for one of the industries he regulated as head the state’s largest oil and gas industry advocacy group.”
    Previous wastewater discharges caused a huge sinkhole under Carlsbad NM; the Mining company walked away, leaving taxpayers to cover the estimated $25 million cleanup costs – after the owners of the company gave $19,750 to Governor Martinez http://www.currentargus.com/story/news/local/community/2016/02/05/house-pushes-brine-well-bill-senate-taps-breaks/79875758/

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