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Saturday, September 17, 2016

A massive sinkhole at a fertilizer plant in Mulberry, Florida, has caused about 215 million gallons of radioactive water to drain down into the Floridian aquifer system. The aquifer system supplies drinking water to millions of Florida residents, according to the St. Johns Water Management District's website. Additionally, water that escapes from the aquifers create springs used for recreational activities like snorkeling and swimming. The fertilizer company Mosaic wrote on its website that it discovered a sinkhole 45 feet in diameter at its New Wales facility after noticing water levels had dropped in a stack of radioactive waste product known as phosphogypsum in late August.

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After learning of the water loss, "Mosaic immediately implemented additional and extensive groundwater monitoring and sampling regimens and has found no offsite impacts," the company said. Additionally, Mosaic "began pumping water out of the west cell" of the affected phosphogypsum stack "into an alternative holding area on site to reduce the amount of drainage."

Better roll up the legs on them britches - the BS is gettin deep.

Theres a fertilizer plant in Ascension Parish, LA almost identical to this one. They continue to pile this mountain of Phosphorus gyp up in a mountain. Although they do have containment ponds the runoff makes its way into Spanish Lake and the streams.

#1 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2016-09-17 10:35 AM | Reply

Great. Just great. There were already crazy down there. Now there will be radioactive crazy people wandering the streets trying to eat our faces.

#2 | Posted by donnerboy at 2016-09-17 11:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

If only there were no government regulation, this never would have happened.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2016-09-17 02:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I have solved the Zika crisis in Florida
--Gov. "Skull" Scott

#4 | Posted by catdog at 2016-09-17 02:37 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

I wonder how long they'll implement damage control before declaring bankruptcy and forcing the tax payers to foot the bill for continued maintenance and clean up.

#5 | Posted by jpw at 2016-09-17 02:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

water levels had dropped in a stack of radioactive waste product known as phosphogypsum in late August.

Apparently they didn't want to rush to any conclusions and worry their neighbors. After all, Baby Jeebus might have Raptured it. Or they were hoping Johnson got elected and this kind of thing would be totally government approved.

#6 | Posted by northguy3 at 2016-09-17 05:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Well, Zombies need to be born somewhere.

#7 | Posted by bat4255 at 2016-09-17 05:56 PM | Reply

Mosaic, the gift that keeps giving. I mean, I used to live near their mine pits, such beautiful scenery, the wonderful acidic waste that nearly destroyed much of the Tampa Bay area coastline after the 2004-2005 hurricanes: www.legalreader.com

I have no idea who is still brave enough to drink Florida tap water, but I was warned against it as if it was Mexican pond water so I never did....and if I go back, never will. I'm shocked Mosaic and the state government didn't work in cahoots trying to keep this a big secret. Actually, knowing Florida, this probably really happened 5 years ago.

#8 | Posted by bocaink at 2016-09-18 07:39 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Actually, knowing Florida, this probably really happened 5 years ago."

Hahahaa...I bet you're right. But my god, this is a massive disaster.

#9 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2016-09-18 12:52 PM | Reply

The apocalypse has begun: Deputies: Naked man breaks in home, bites resident, then dies - www.orlandosentinel.com

#10 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2016-09-18 01:23 PM | Reply

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Capitalism - strong regulation = death.

#11 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2016-09-18 04:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Let's get rid of that pesky EPA!!!!!

#12 | Posted by zelkova at 2016-09-18 09:20 PM | Reply

Does anyone know why this company has radioactive waste on-site?

#13 | Posted by woe_is_W at 2016-09-18 09:23 PM | Reply

This thread is radioactive waste to right-wingers.
They dare not come near.

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2016-09-18 09:26 PM | Reply

If only there were no government regulation, this never would have happened.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2016-09-17 02:23 PM | Reply | Flag: POST OF THE ELECTION CYCLE

#15 | Posted by e1g1 at 2016-09-18 10:15 PM | Reply

Does anyone know why this company has radioactive waste on-site?

#13

It's a byproduct of making fertilizer. They can't get rid of it so they just continue to pile it up onsite.

#16 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2016-09-19 04:50 AM | Reply

Florida's problems are caused by greedhead real estate swindlers who somehow got their hands on the public money machine. They have codiciles for sxxthole trailer parks, fer crissakes!

#17 | Posted by john47 at 2016-09-19 05:54 AM | Reply

You mean people were using radioactive fertilizer?

#18 | Posted by Sniper at 2016-09-19 09:11 AM | Reply

You mean people were using radioactive fertilizer?

#18 | POSTED BY SNIPER

GOP reading comprehension at its finest.

#19 | Posted by Sycophant at 2016-09-19 10:37 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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