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Bone Valley Phosphate Mines
PHOSPHATE MINING OFFICIALS-POOR ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDS

Over the past seventy years, Florida’s phosphate industry let many man-made severe environmental accidents occur one after another over the years, causing serious environmental impacts to pristine “one of a kind” ecological regions of Florida. The Florida taxpayers are also paying for the court costs, attorney fees, and the like while the court battles continue daily between federal and state environmental agencies versus Florida’s industry officials.

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Lithia Springs - Spring Opening

(Fig. 1) Lithia Springs- Spring Opening

PEACE RIVER VALLEY

The Peace River watershed lies in west central Florida about forty miles east of the Tampa Bay area. Florida’s Peace River was declared an “endangered river” by “American Rivers.org,” a non-profit organization committed to protecting and restoring North American rivers.

The central Florida region holds unique pristine watersheds, marshlands, bogs, and other freshwater naturally occurring filtering systems. Watersheds are areas of land with waterways that flow to a common destination. Most of the region's drinking water is pumped from aquifers that are “recharged” from the watersheds described above.
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Peace River Spring Fed Tributary(Fig. 3) Peace River Spring Fed Tributary

Phosphate Mining Severe Environmental Impacts

  • Gypstack Breach Flowing Radioavtive Waste
  • Gypstack Breach Flowing Radioavtive Waste
  • Phosphate Slurry Pit
  • Abnormal Algae Growth
  • Abnormal Algae Growth
  • lithia_springs_dried_up
  • gypsum_leftovers
  • Central Florida Watershed
  • Karst Rock Landscape
  • Eucalyptus Buffer Zone
  • aligator
  • karst_springs
  • Radioactive Phosphogypsum Stack

Florida Phosphate Industry Practices


The before and after images shown above display severe environmental damage to Florida's landscape which naturally contains diverse unique flora and fauna. Phosphate fertilizer production plants destroy the Peace River watershed as you can see for yourselves. Many phosphate plants are located within 40 miles of the Tampa Bay Area and located over one of the largest phosphate rock deposits on Earth. This area also holds the only geohydrolgical ecosystem (watersheds) of it's kind anywhere!

This fact is easily seen in practice about 40 miles due east of Tampa, FL on Hwy. 60 east near Bartow, FL and about 25 miles south of Brandon,FL on Lithia Pincrest road called the New Whales plant or in Riverview, FL on Hwy. 41 south of Tampa, FL. All of these dangerous fertilizer plants are massive and cover tens of square miles each.

At the turn of the twenty-first century, Florida's phosphate industry produced ($1,130,000,000) or $1.13 billion dollars worth of (phosphate based) fertilizer and was exported from Florida making it one of Florida's leading export commodities", says the Department of Environmental Protection Services.

The Florida phosphate strip mines shown in (Fig. 1) above display irreparable environmental damage to Florida's landscape because the earth's surface is being entirley removed to a depth of some fifty feet.

Phosphate industry practices surely disrespect the sovereignty of Florida's Public Trust Doctrine. Florida's phosphate industry practices also illustrates the industry's cavalier attitude concerning reclamation projects and is known to be poor envoronmental stewards of the Florida landscape.

Is Florida phosphate rock more valuable than Florida's fresh water reserves, watersheds, and aquifers? Florida politics and a phosphate strip mining industry displays it is, every day!READ MORE HERE...

Florida's Phosphate Mining Linked To Sinkholes


The United States Geological Survey (USGS), believes areas prone to sinkholes are located under the southwest central Florida earth and can be induced by large amounts of water consumption (Phosphate Strip Mines). This area covers over a thousand square miles in southwest central Florida.

These sinkholes form based on the rock types, aquifer formations, watershed destruction, and the lack of ground water. This is based on hydraulic pressure created by aquifers.

Thus, the lack of water pressure from watershed destruction causes the surface (Overburden)Sinkholes and Aquifer Destruction to become unstable and collapse in some cases. Unfortunately, loss of life and property can occur upon a surface collapse.

Again, evidence points to the phosphate industry in the form of sinkholes caused by watershed formation destruction and the loss of hydraulic surface pressure the formations create.

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(Fig. 2) Central Florida Sinkhole

DISAPEARING WATERSHEDS

Central Florida's groundwater and aquifers are becoming extinct by watershed destruction via phosphate strip mining operations. Florida's natural watersheds, known to the Florida phosphate mining industry as phosphate overburden, are being destroyed for the beginnings of a phosphate strip mine. Where is the balance between Florida politics, industry, and the Public?

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Florida Phosphate Mining Buffer Zones
WHAT IS AN AQUIFER

An aquifer is contained in the sub-surface encased in a body of saturated rock which also contain caverns and watersheds.

In this case the rock is limestone based, through which water can easily be contained and also move as though it is in a sub-surface river.

Aquifers must be both permeable and porous and include such rock types as sandstone, conglomerate, fractured limestone and unconsolidated sand and gravel. This type of earthen material contains enough drinking water for millions of Florida's citizens year after year.

Central Florida is made of just such a rock landscape and truley does contain everyone's fresh water resources.

However, phosphate officials are "permitted" by the state of Florida to remove everything mentioned above "containing" everyone's freshwater resources in very large tracts of land, measured in square miles, to reach the valuable phosphate rock they seek.

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