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Sierra Club Florida Calls Out Army Corps on Mosaic Gypstack Sinkhole
SIERRA CLUB FLORIDA NEWS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2016
Sierra Club Calls Out Army Corps Permitting on Mosaic Gypstack Sinkhole
A massive sinkhole that opened up three weeks ago underneath a gypsum stack at a Mosaic phosphate fertilizer plant in Mulberry has dumped at least 215 millions of gallons of contaminated water into the Floridan Aquifer. The Floridan Aquifer provides drinking water for 60 percent of Florida residents.
“This new sinkhole demonstrates that the waste disposal methods of Mosaic’s fertilizer processing plants and gypstack disposal systems can be dangerous to the environment and the health of our community,” said Beverly Griffiths, Chair of Sierra Club Florida’s Phosphate Committee.
“The Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Florida need to pause before approving Mosaic’s requested permits for new mines in Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties,” said Griffiths. “The Army Corps needs to add a Supplement to its Areawide Environmental Impact Statement that considers impacts of fertilizer processing plants and gypstacks on our aquifer, drinking water, and natural environment.”
|Phosphate gypstack – Fort Meade
photo by Harvey Henkelman
Chair, Sierra Club Florida Phosphate Committee
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