Hillsborough County Commission Agrees to compromise with Mosaic

04/11/06

Today Hillsborough County Commissioners crafted a compromise measure that would allow for Tampa Bay Water to monitor the ground and surface water for a phosphate mine’s expansion into Eastern Hillsborough County for the next year.

The company, the Mosaic Corporation - has plans to expand their phosphate mine near the Alafia River and the South-Central Hillsborough Regional Well Field.

But Tampa Bay Water had objected- because the plan would undo the ban on mining in areas now protected as sources of drinking water for millions of residents in the Tampa Bay Area.

Ron Noble is with Tampa Bay Water…He wanted to stress what the debate was NOT about (roll tape#1 o.q.�uses�)

He said that Tampa Bay Water believed that Mosaic’s move would violate the County’s well head protection ordinance, which regulates land use around drinking-water wellfields.

Jonathan Kennedy is the Chief engineer with Tampa Bay Water..He explained further the concern (roll tape#2 o.q.�Alafia River water�)

Hillsborough County Attorneys had crafted a proposed agreement l with Mosaic before the Land Use Meeting that Tampa Bay Water had strenuously objected to, saying it lacked the ability to monitor surface and groundwater for dangerous contaminants such as arsenic, cadmium and aluminum.

Commissioner Mark Sharpe asked an essential question to a Tampa Bay Water official (roll tape#3 o.q.�settlement agreement�)

Commisioner Ronda Storms – who sits on the board of Tampa Bay Water, challenged officials with that body, saying they have previously made claims that they have not proven true (roll tape#4 o.q.�you failed the test�)

Commissioners then proposed various monitoring plans that would make Tampa Bay Water comfortable and have Mosaic agree to …Commissioner Storms proposed 30 months , whereas Mosaic had said they wanted no more than 6 months.

Commissioner Storms then proposed 12 months of testing – and Commission Chairman Jim Norman told Mosaic they should accept that monitoring program (roll tape#5 o.q.�the motion�) The County Commission then approved that motion, as did Mosaic and Tampa Bay Water.

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