As if the spraying isn’t enough, or the impending pipeline, or the water ruined by toxic algae from the sugar plants, now this.

A massive sinkhole in Florida has allowed millions of gallons of radioactive water to pour into one of the world’s most productive aquifers. On August 27th, crews in a containment pond at the New Wales Mosaic plant in Mulberry found the sinkhole.


From the article:

“A field technician found the water level had dropped at one of the ponds, and upon investigation, found a 45-foot hole with seemingly no bottom, WFTS-TV reports.

Since then, about 215 million gallons of contaminated water used to process fertilizer has drained into the hole.”

Officials say a recovery well was built to pull the contaminated water out of the aquifer and thus far tests haven’t detected contaminants in the groundwater. Let’s hope that holds because if it doesn’t, we are really in trouble. Although, do we even trust them to tell us the truth? Our friend Erin Brockovich doesn’t seem to think so. She writes from her Facebook page:

“This is a crime against humanity… the government in Florida will sweep under the rug; USEPA is a co-conspirator. This could destroy the groundwater resources in this area forever.

Mosaic Fertilizer is the world’s largest phosphate mining company… with a long and torrid history of breaking the law and buying their way out of it.

Just last year, October 1, 2015, Mosaic Fertilizer agreed to pay nearly $2 billion to settle a federal lawsuit over hazardous waste and to clean up operations at six Florida sites and two in Louisiana.

The USEPA promised the settlement and will ensure that wastewater at Mosaic’s facilities is properly managed and does not pose a threat to groundwater resources… OOOOOPs!!!

The USEPA had accused Mosaic of improper storage and disposal of waste from the production of phosphoric and sulfuric acids, key components of fertilizers, at Mosaic’s facilities in Bartow, New Wales, Mulberry, Riverview, South Pierce and Green Bay in Florida, as well as two sites in Louisiana.The USEPA investigation and negotiations for a settlement have been going on for over NINE YEARS over practices that everyone in the phosphate industry was doing as well. SO I guess it is okay if, “everybody else is cheating”.

The USEPA said it had discovered Mosaic employees were mixing highly corrosive substances from its fertilizer operations with the solid waste and wastewater from mineral processing, in violation of federal and state hazardous waste laws.

And finally… remember this is the same fertilizer that has been spread all over the nations farms… it’s okay Iowa… you’ll glow so brightly!

We will continue to watch this story and update you as soon as we have more info.

Source: ABC 13