NOTICE OF PHOSPHATE MINING PUBLIC WORKSHOP

The DeSoto County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Workshop on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, beginning at 9:00 A.M. at the Turner Agri Civic Center (2250 NE Roan Street) in Arcadia. 

TOPIC: PHOSPHATE MINING WATER QUALITY MONITORING PROGRAMS

Presenters will include:

  • Mike J. Coates, P.G., Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority
  • Shannon Gonzalez, PWS, Flatwoods Consulting Group
  • Sheri A. Huelster, Cardno
  • Anthony J. Janicki, Ph.D., Janicki Environmental, Inc.

After the presentations and Board discussion, the public will have an opportunity to address the Board and present relevant information on the topic being discussed at the Workshop for 3 minutes each, unless otherwise allowed by the Chairman. The meeting will end at the conclusion of the presentations and the discussion. 

Members of the public who wish to present written materials are encouraged to submit such materials to the Board at least 5 business days prior to the Workshop.  No formal action concerning phosphate mining will be taken by the Board at the Workshop.

The meeting is open to the public. However, if you would prefer to participate virtually: 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/99408255901?pwd=dEhxMUhLUENsQUhKMlFVY01FREJPZz09

Meeting ID: 994 0825 5901; Passcode: 719286

One tap mobile: +16465588656,,99408255901#,,,,*719286# US

If special accommodations are required in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals should contact the County Administrator’s Office by calling 863-993-4800 at least forty-eight hours prior to the Workshop.

Environmentalists sue over plan to allow radioactive phosphogypsum in roads

Environmentalists sue over plan to allow radioactive phosphogypsum in roads. The product comes from phosphate mining, which is big business in Florida.

To learn more, visit this article:

https://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/2020/12/18/environmentalists-sue-over-plan-to-allow-radioactive-phosphogypsum-in-roads/

Riverview phosphogypsum stack and processing plant that sit right on Tampa Bay, Florida.

EPA approves use of radioactive phosphogypsum in roads

EPA approves use of radioactive phosphogypsum in roads, reversing long-held policy. Supported by the fertilizer industry, the change holds major ramifications for Florida.

To learn more, visit this article:

https://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/2020/10/14/epa-approves-use-of-radioactive-phosphogypsum-in-roads-reversing-long-held-policy/

Riverview phosphogypsum stack and processing plant that sit right on Tampa Bay, Florida.

Et Tu, Louisiana? Gypstack Crisis

The north side of Mosaic Fertilizer’s large phosphogypsum stack at its Uncle Sam plant rises in 2015 near Convent in St. James Parish. At the time, the stack was 187 feet high. It holds phosphogypsum, a waste byproduct from processing phosphate rock to make fertilizer. State officials said Friday, Jan. 25, 3019, that parts of this wall are shifting slowly and could be at risk of collapse. The wall holds back acidic process water from the plant. 

This article from The Advocate newspaper in Louisiana should raise concern for Florida. We are faced with the same issues. Hurricanes anyone? Take a look at the drone flyover of a gypstack indicated in the article. We’re not sure if it’s the one in crisis but it’s an interesting view.

Raising Awareness in Punta Gorda

On January 19, 2019 about 50 concerned citizens, including members of 3PR and fellow organizations, turned out to raise awareness of the environmental tragedy that is phosphate mining. Armed with handmade posters and sunscreen we stood, facing passing motorists on the south end of the US 41 bridge in Punta Gorda. We were there for several hours, waiving at passing cars and discussing the impact of strip mining Florida.

There was a steady stream of cars and trucks passing by. Many honked horns and waived in support. It was a great way to reach hundreds of people, some of whom may know little if anything about the terrible legacy that mining will leave with Florida if it’s allowed to continue. A legacy made of tens of thousands of acres of radioactive “soil”, radioactive waste piles called phosphogypsum stacks, and huge clay settling slime pits. And no permanent jobs.

If you have the opportunity to attend an assembly like this you will not regret it. A great chance to meet fellow concerned citizens and to raise the awareness of this continuing disaster facing our state.

Our children will be most impacted by mining’s legacy

Now This is Commitment. Hopefully will wash off.