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Manatee County Commission reverses vote on Mosaic plan listen

12/16/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Despite protestations by environmentalists, the Manatee County Commission today voted to reverse its September denial of a 2,000 acre mining project in the Peace River Basin.

Three months ago, the previous County Commission rejected the Mosaic Company’s plan to mine the Altman Tract by a 4-3 vote. Since then, two of the commissioners who voted against the mine have left the board. And Mosaic, the world’s largest phosphate mining company, was threatening to sue the county for more than ...

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Environmentalists sue Corps of Engineers listen

07/29/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today in Bradenton, a coalition of environmental groups announced they were suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for granting a permit that authorizes 10 years of phosphate strip mining on the Altman Tract in Manatee County.

The suit contends that the Corps of Engineers violated the Clean Water Act, the Administrative Procedures Act and the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to hold a public hearing or critically reviewing Mosaic Phosphate’s revised permit application.

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