Environmental groups and Florida reach a settlement over the Piney Point crisis

Piney Point, the former phosphate plant site, leaked millions of gallons of wastewater into Tampa Bay in 2021 leading to red tide.
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Florida environmental groups have warned that they will file a lawsuit against the U.S. EPA over the regulation of phosphate-industry waste.
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Florida groups warn of lawsuit against EPA over phosphate waste

A coalition of groups Tuesday moved toward filing a lawsuit against the U.S. EPA over the regulation of phosphogypsum waste.
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What we know about the latest possible tear in a Mosaic gypstack liner at its New Wales plant in Florida

There’s a possible leak of water at a Polk County phosphogypsum stack owned by the giant fertilizer company Mosaic.
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Possible tear in the lining of Mosaic’s New Wales gypstack

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection reports a possible tear in the lining of Mosaic’s New Wales gypstack.

Florida fisherman, TV host accuses Gov. DeSantis and Fish and Wildlife chief of downplaying Red Tide for profit

A Florida fisherman and television host accused Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission director Eric Sutton of downplaying the current Red Tide outbreak in order to keep money flowing into Florida...
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Groups sue EPA to stop radioactive phosphogypsum approval for road construction

In October, the Environmental Protection Agency approved the use of phosphogypsum in road construction. It’s a waste product of phosphate mining and it contains small amounts of radioactive isotopes of radium and uranium. On Friday...
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Charlotte Harbor advocates challenge water discharge permit for Mosaic phosphate’s Bartow plant

Environmental activists, mostly from Southwest Florida’s Charlotte County, are challenging the phosphate company Mosaic’s water discharge permit for its plant in Bartow. The group called March Against Mosaic is concerned about pollution discharges from the...
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Public meeting on Mosaic renewal permit for pollutant discharge

Next Monday the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will hold an open house public meeting; it’s about Mosaic’s renewal request to discharge wastewater. Much of it would go into the Peace River basin. The Peace...
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Environmentalist wary of Mosaic moving corporate headquarters to Hillsborough

The giant fertilizer company Mosaic announced last week that it plans to move its corporate headquarters from Minnesota to Hillsborough County; the announcement by the Fortune 500 company was greeted by many local leaders with...
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Judge rules against environmentalists on Florida phosphate mining

A federal judge has ruled in favor of phosphate mining in Florida and against a coalition of environmental groups trying to slow the expansion of mining in West Central Florida. WMNF News interviewed Jaclyn Lopez,...

Paula Dockery joins Radioactivity to talk about the upcoming Florida legislative session

WMNF’s Radioactivity February 2, 2017 Paula Dockery served 16 years in the state legislature from 1996 to 2012 as a Republican representing districts in Polk County. The last ten years she was a member of...

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