Here is a link to the WMNF webpage and their interview of Dennis Mader discussing this discharge permit challenge.
The Awareness Billboard is now in place along SR 70 west of Arcadia just before entering the proposed strip mining area of Desoto County. With its dramatic colors and juxtaposition of dragline vs rural heritage, this will help bring attention to this imminent threat.
As of this week travelers leaving Arcadia and traveling west to Sarasota on State Road 70 cannot miss a new bill board imploring DeSoto County residents to reject Mosaic’s proposal to mine 18,000 acres just west of Arcadia – roughly along that part of the highway where the billboard is located. This action was approved unanimously by the 3PR Board of Directors many of who took part actively in the design and message it conveys.
Special thanks go out to all 3PR officers who took part in this project and to those members who made contributions to the cost of the sign.
Although phosphate rock was first discovered in the Peace River in DeSoto County at the end of the 19th century it is the only county in the Bone Valley phosphate mining district that does not have an active mine within its boundaries. The economy of the county is predominantly agricultural. The annual state rodeo is held in Arcadia in an arena that now bears the name of Mosaic, the world’s leading producer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients.
If you wish to support our efforts to oppose phosphate mine expansion and protect DeSoto County and the Peace River from this destructive industry please make a special contribution to our organization, 3PR (People for Protecting Peace River, Inc). You can send your contribution by PayPal or any other online payment service to email@example.com or through the Donate page on this website.
Please help us preserve real Florida from a fate that has already ravaged and will possibly destroy the integrity of one of Florida’s most beautiful river systems….
Executive Director 3PR
The terrifying, overlooked story of American phosphate mining. Article by Boyce Upholt of The Counter, April 22, 2020:
Contents: Mosaic Reboots Bartow Acid Plant and DeSoto County Hosts 2nd Mosaic Informational Meeting
This video was put out a year ago according to the YouTube header. It is very good and certainly worth a view if you have not seen it and another screening if you have. Be ready to get even more upset with this unnecessary rape and pillage of Florida.
This PBS report was first posted on this website in December 2018 but it is such a good overview of the issue, along with flyover of the massive sinkhole event, that it deserves another viewing.
Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times reports on yet another incident involving a Mosaic phosphogypsum stack. The “seepage” at the Bartow facility was not reported to the pubic for 3 weeks by either Mosaic or the FDEP. Mosaic says it didn’t have to let the public know. Read the article – you be the judge.