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Florida Phosphate Gypsum Stacks Display Severe Environmental Impacts

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(Fig 1, Gypsum Stack - www.tampabay.com ) One of EPA’s (Environmental Protection Agency) main concerns with phosphate mines in Florida are with gypsum stacks (gypstack). This concern ... Read more

Florida Phosphate Mining In Sovereignty Lands

Jun 19, 2016 |
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Since the turn of the twentieth century, the phosphate industry purchased large tracts of land in west central Florida, including the upper Peace River watershed. Florida’s phosphate industry ... Read more

Florida Phosphate Rock Quandary

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Florida Phosphate Rock Quandary Many years ago, the ocean flooded an ancient land mass today we call Florida and a layer of sand and clay rich in tiny phosphate particles were deposited. ... Read more

Do Floridians Know About Phosphate Production’s Many Hazards?

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Florida’s phosphate industry creates many serious environmental impacts during the “wet” process in the production of fertilizer (1), including unmetered groundwater consumption. ... Read more

The Phosphate Risk: Welcome

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The Phosphate Risk in Florida. Dragline mining machine. Phosphate companies have mined out central Florida. The phosphate depleted, the companies have ... ... Read more

Natural Spring Venue Dollars are Significant To Florida Economy

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I recall as a young boy growing up in west central Florida that natural springs were clean, fresh, and plentiful. Everyone I knew at that time had easy access to natural springs in many forms because ... Read more

Florida Residence Take FIPR Survey on the Phosphate Industry Practices

Sep 19, 2015 |
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Do Florida’s residents know about the phosphate industries abysmal practice of destroying Florida’s geographical environment for the phosphate some 40 feet beneath the surface? ... Read more

Florida’s Politicians Follow the Phosphate Money

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The Florida phosphate industry demonstrates the need to donate millions of dollars to Florida’s politicians. This is easily seen by researching where, when, and how much money Florida’s ... Read more

Fertilizer Production Displays Adverse Effects On Industry Workers

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(Fig. 1) Phosphate Strip Mining In Central Florida Fortunately for the United States, Central Florida is home to the largest known phosphate reserves in the world. Phosphate and its derivatives ... Read more

Florida Mines - Phosphate Draglines Aquifers, Overburden and Sinkholes

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Florida Mines (Bone Valley) phosphate draglines causing Florida aquifer formation destruction, sinkholes, bone valley mines. ... Read more

EPA Disrespected by Florida’s Politicians Concerning Phosphate Radiation

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(Fig. 2) Phosphate Drag Line In Background - Phosphate Waste In Foreground Florida’s phosphate dilemma started a lifetime ago when fate and the Army Corps of Engineers happened to uncover ... Read more

Phosphate Industry Strip Mining Central Florida Watersheds

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The state of Florida owns all riparian lands and navigable waterways held in “trust” for the public at large by the sovereignty granted to Florida at statehood in 1845 by the United ... Read more

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Markham, Ontario: Alive Software Inc. which develops software application platforms for online publishing announced the launch of its new product. eMag+ an online publishing platform and digital ... Read more

Florida Phosphate Mining In Sovereignty Lands

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Since the turn of the twentieth century, the phosphate industry purchased large tracts of land in west central Florida, including the upper Peace River watershed. Florida’s phosphate industry ... Read more

Florida Sinkholes Created By Phosphate Mining

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Florida citizens living near west-central Florida are no strangers to sinkhole formation. Unfortunately, sinkholes forming in west-central Florida are as likely to be related to regional phosphate ... Read more

Florida Phosphate Mining And The Public Trust Doctrine

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During the past seventy years of phosphate strip mining in west-central Florida, the phosphate industry has at some time been faced with strip mining navigable waterways and riparian lands as defined ... Read more

What Is a Dragline and What Does It Do?

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The dragline's bucket system consists of a large bucket that is suspended from a boom. The bucket is moved by many cables, chains and ropes. The hoisting rope, which is powered by either a diesel or ... Read more

Phosphate Industry Strip Mining Central Florida Watersheds

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The state of Florida owns all riparian lands and navigable waterways held in “trust” for the public at large by the sovereignty granted to Florida at statehood in 1845 by the United ... Read more

Florida Phosphate Industry Practices Severely Disturb Navigable Waterways?

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Florida is known as the “Sunshine State”, but interestingly receives more rainfall than most states in the Union. Florida receives enormous amounts of yearly rainfall from north to south ... Read more

Phosphate Industry Siege On Alafia River And Watersheds

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The Alafia River watersheds and smaller tributaries in the area are known to be used as “navigable waterways” by the state of Florida during the early-19th century by European (1) ... Read more

Phosphate Mining In The Myakka River Watershed

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Florida Riparian Lands And Navigable Waterway Rights

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Phosphate Mining The Peace River Watershed Basin

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Florida Rivers, Springs, Lakes, And Aquifers Are Navigable Waterways With Riparian Rights?

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Central Florida Watersheds Worry Four County’s In Florida Based On Phosphate Industry Practices

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Central Florida Watersheds Worry Four County’s In Florida Based On Phosphate Industry Practices

Four central Florida counties are in legal battles with phosphate industry officials over strip mining thousands of acres of environmentally critical wetlands, rivers, streams, springs, and aquifers. The industry is also pumping millions of gallons of state water reserves daily. The water being consumed by the phosphate industry is causing water shortages for the citizens of central Florida since 1992.

When the phosphate industry wanted to move operations from Polk County into Hardee County, Florida, an economist from the University of Miami completed a study showing no net gain in the local economy from phosphate mining in Hardee County Florida. Economist reports indicate a net loss to the local economy based on strip mining instead of using the land for fresh water, agriculture, cattle, and tourism. The net loss is estimated to be over eight million dollars in Hardee County each year over the life of the mine. The phosphate mine, in this case, covers over eleven thousand acres of pristine environmentally critical unmatched aquatic floras and fauna resources with national importance. Before being purchased by the phosphate industry, the land produced income from agriculture, cattle, and tourism. Once the land is stripped, it will no longer support life.

Unfortunately, this same area was acquired by the phosphate industry intent on stripping tons of valuable phosphate reserves just beneath the surface. (1) Florida’s phosphate industry officials will remove and destroy thousands of acres of landscape causing environmentally critical impacts, displacing all wildlife in the area. This area and large tracts of land nearby will be stripped mined by large walking draglines supplying hundreds of tons of phosphatic materials daily to the fertilizer production plant located nearby. The dragline’s large bucket can remove enough earth in one pass to fill fifteen standard sized dump trucks (about 15 cubic yards/truck).

The phosphate industry then consumes millions of gallons of state (public) water (2) reserves pumped daily from the ground to create a muddy mix of water and earthen materials the phosphate industry calls a slurry mix. The slurry mix can then be pumped nearby to the fertilizer production plant for processing.

Florida’s phosphate industry’s resolve to strip mine central Florida for its phosphate reserves is undeniable. However, local citizens are organizing against the phosphate industry with lawsuits and other methods. Central Florida residences are mobilizing to bring the truth to the forefront against strip mining so that more people can understand the phosphate dilemma. More publicity about the severe environmental impacts phosphate strip mining causes to Florida’s natural landscape is required for citizens not local to phosphate mines to understand the severity as well.

Many of Central Florida’s residences have never seen or “smelled” a phosphate production facility, yet they live within thirty minutes from numerous phosphate plants. Phosphate mines surround communities like Brandon, Riverview, Pinecrest, and Bartow to name a few. One can see for themselves how dangerous a phosphate plant is to all living things. When near a phosphate plant, one will breathe and feel the sting of acid in the air rising from the production of fertilizers out of the phosphogypsum stack. One can drive up to a mountainous phosphogypsum stack full of highly toxic naturally occurring radioactive materials.

Florida’s elected officials along with phosphate officials know the total devastation and destruction strip mining causes. They know the irreparable environmental impacts caused by strip mining, yet they continue without reservation for the all mighty dollar. Historically, Florida’s elected and phosphate officials cause severe environmental impacts, while clean-up costs are paid by Florida’s taxpayers. (3) This is the “status-quo” in central Florida. When trying to change the status quo, in this case, one should be prepared for strong arm tactics by Florida’s phosphate industry officials.

Florida’s phosphate industry is battling in court now with Manatee, Hardee, Charlotte, DeSoto, and Lee Counties. Each of these counties are submitting to the financial pressures being applied by industry officials and will “permit” the phosphate industry to continue to determine each of these counties economic futures.

Read more from https://www.flmines.com - Florida Mines

1. Altman Permit. (2016). ourphosphaterisk.com/permitting/altman-permit.

2. Building and Development Services. www.mymanatee.org/home/government/departments/building-and-development-services.html.

3. Mosaic Fertilizer threatens to sue FL county www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x4148828.

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When the phosphate industry wanted to move operations from Polk County into Hardee County, Florida, an economist from the University of Miami completed a study showing no net gain in the local economy from phosphate mining in Hardee County Florida. Economist reports indicate a net loss to the local economy based on strip mining instead of using the land for fresh water, agriculture, cattle, and tourism. The net loss is estimated to be over eight million dollars in Hardee County each year over the life of the mine. The phosphate mine, in this case, covers over eleven thousand acres of pristine environmentally critical unmatched aquatic floras and fauna resources with national importance. Before being purchased by the phosphate industry, the land produced income from agriculture, cattle, and tourism. Once the land is stripped, it will no longer support life.

Unfortunately, this same area was acquired by the phosphate industry intent on stripping tons of valuable phosphate reserves just beneath the surface. (1) Florida’s phosphate industry officials will remove and destroy thousands of acres of landscape causing environmentally critical impacts, displacing all wildlife in the area. This area and large tracts of land nearby will be stripped mined by large walking draglines supplying hundreds of tons of phosphatic materials daily to the fertilizer production plant located nearby. The dragline’s large bucket can remove enough earth in one pass to fill fifteen standard sized dump trucks (about 15 cubic yards/truck).

The phosphate industry then consumes millions of gallons of state (public) water (2) reserves pumped daily from the ground to create a muddy mix of water and earthen materials the phosphate industry calls a slurry mix. The slurry mix can then be pumped nearby to the fertilizer production plant for processing.

Florida’s phosphate industry’s resolve to strip mine central Florida for its phosphate reserves is undeniable. However, local citizens are organizing against the phosphate industry with lawsuits and other methods. Central Florida residences are mobilizing to bring the truth to the forefront against strip mining so that more people can understand the phosphate dilemma. More publicity about the severe environmental impacts phosphate strip mining causes to Florida’s natural landscape is required for citizens not local to phosphate mines to understand the severity as well.

Many of Central Florida’s residences have never seen or “smelled” a phosphate production facility, yet they live within thirty minutes from numerous phosphate plants. Phosphate mines surround communities like Brandon, Riverview, Pinecrest, and Bartow to name a few. One can see for themselves how dangerous a phosphate plant is to all living things. When near a phosphate plant, one will breathe and feel the sting of acid in the air rising from the production of fertilizers out of the phosphogypsum stack. One can drive up to a mountainous phosphogypsum stack full of highly toxic naturally occurring radioactive materials.

Florida’s elected officials along with phosphate officials know the total devastation and destruction strip mining causes. They know the irreparable environmental impacts caused by strip mining, yet they continue without reservation for the all mighty dollar. Historically, Florida’s elected and phosphate officials cause severe environmental impacts, while clean-up costs are paid by Florida’s taxpayers. (3) This is the “status-quo” in central Florida. When trying to change the status quo, in this case, one should be prepared for strong arm tactics by Florida’s phosphate industry officials.

Florida’s phosphate industry is battling in court now with Manatee, Hardee, Charlotte, DeSoto, and Lee Counties. Each of these counties are submitting to the financial pressures being applied by industry officials and will “permit” the phosphate industry to continue to determine each of these counties economic futures.

Read more from https://www.flmines.com - Florida Mines

1. Altman Permit. (2016). ourphosphaterisk.com/permitting/altman-permit.

2. Building and Development Services. www.mymanatee.org/home/government/departments/building-and-development-services.html.

3. Mosaic Fertilizer threatens to sue FL county www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x4148828.

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