Florida, Phosphate, and Phosphogypsum

Historically, the phosphate industry in Riverview Florida “stacks” their waste in huge mounds called phosphogypsum stacks, “gypstacks”. The gypstack mound holds radioactive materials such as Uranium and other heavy metals along with large volumes of sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid, and a phosphate slurry mix. Phosphogypsum is hazardous waste produced in fertilizer production from strip mined phosphate in Florida.

Florida Riparian Waterways Destroyed By Florida’s Phosphate Industry

The Peace River Valley watershed with all its tributaries, streams, bogs, marshlands, springs, and aquifers is considered by the state of Florida to be “navigable waterways” or “public domain.” (2) Navigable waterways are defined by their potential for “public use” in its unaltered state. Navigability does not rely on the water body’s actual use based on state law. These laws and regulations were passed at the time of Florida’s statehood in 1845. Florida does account for public use of all navigable waterways and has always encouraged their use for recreation, state commerce, and tourism.

Peace River

Manatee County FL Denies Phosphate Industry Permits

Manatee County in west central Florida denies Florida’s politically powerful phosphate industry officials permits to strip mine more environmentally critical ecosystems. The Peace River and Myakka watersheds are at risk of being completely destroyed by phosphate industry officials for phosphate just beneath the land surface.

Phosphate Wastelands

Florida Sinkholes Related To Phosphate Strip Mining In Southwest Central Florida

Florida’s phosphate industry is causing sinkholes to develop in the Peace River watershed and adjacent areas. The FDEP say they do not have the power or the funding to enforce Florida’s environmental laws concerning the phosphate industry. Florida’s taxpayers continually pay the price for the phosphate industry.

Florida Sinkholes Created By Phosphate Mining

Sinkholes are known to occur inside phosphogypsum stacks due to the added weight created by the “stack”. The stacks are also radioactive creating environmental hazards in and around all phosphate facilities. The stacks hold billions of gallons of toxic radioactive waste and historically are susceptible to failing, creating severe environmental impacts to properties adjacent to mining facilities.

Phosphogypsum Stack

Radio Active

Phosphogypsum stacks are 100's of feet tall and can be as large as a square mile. These stacks are full of slightly radio-active material and strong acids.

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