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.
This article by Craig Pittman appeared in the October 1, 2015 Tampa Bay Times. It’s worth a few minutes to read it again. We’re sure Mosaic would like everyone to forget about it.
This is a link to the articles (Parts 1 and 2) in the Arcadian January 17, 2019 and January 24, 2019, both on the front page A01. An interview with Russell Schweiss, Mosaic’s vice president for Mine Permitting, Land Management and Public Affairs. How many comments do YOU agree with?
As noted in the January 24, 2019 Arcadian Newspaper, Business Briefs, page A-16
Filmmaker to document phosphate mining
Los Angeles filmmaker Erik E. Crown has been in DeSoto County and other central Florida locations to document phosphate mining and the possible health risks that it poses, Crown said in a visit to Arcadia on Monday. A freelance producer associated with documentary films on illegal pet exports and environmental issues, Crown is investigating potential health risks such as emphysema, radiation exposure, waterway contamination and cancers linked to phosphate mining, he said. His interests stem from social media posts from locals opposing phosphate mining in central Florida. Crown plans to release a feature-length documentary on phosphate mining that’s timed to major film festivals, he said. Phosphate giant Mosaic Fertilizer seeks to mine nearly 25,000 acres in DeSoto County, has multiple mining and processing operations throughout Florida.
Battle over phosphate mining roils small Fla. town
Clip: 10/31/2018 | 7m 53s PBS NewsHour Presentation
Phosphate mining is a major industry in Florida, but it’s also a major source of pollution, responsible for red tide, toxic algal blooms and killing wildlife. In the northern part of the state, residents of a small town are resisting a man who wants to mine phosphate near their homes. Can the local government balance individual rights and with community health concerns? Laura Newberry reports.
This is a link to good article in The Bradenton Times about the excellent outcome in DeSoto County:
Environmentalists Prevail in DeSoto
Link to article in the Charlotte Sun Our View July 29, 2018 regarding Mosaic’s defeat in their recent zoning application attempt:
Not Easily Wooed
DeSoto County rejects new Mosaic phosphate mine, surprising even mining foes
Tampa Bay Times News Roundup – Craig Pittman
Updated: July 26, 2018 at 12:41 PM
The world’s largest phosphate company, Mosaic Co., lost its bid Wednesday night to open a new mine on 18,000 acres of land near one of the state’s most pristine creeks.
After hearing impassioned testimony from hundreds of people over the course of two days, the DeSoto County Commission voted 4-1 Wednesday to reject Mosaic’s request to change the zoning on its property from agricultural to mining.
FULL ARTICLE IN TAMPA BAY TIMES AT THIS LINK:
Link to an Article in the Charlotte Sun July 22, 2018. A discussion with Bill Lambert of Hardee County
“Don’t wait until the mining is done and then have a knee-jerk reaction and say, ‘Oh, what have we done?’” Lambert warned.
Heed The Warning
Newspaper article 04-26-2018 discussing recent Mosaic requests for changes to the master mining plan for Wingate Creek Mine