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Sunday, 4 April 2021

The cost of everyday fertilizer: Toxic flood threatens Florida

The cost of everyday fertilizer: Toxic flood threatens Florida

Officials in Florida ordered residents of Manatee County to evacuate a few square miles around an abandoned phosphate plant after a leak was discovered in a massive pond containing toxic wastewater.

The pond, known as a phosphogypsum stack, is owned by HRK Holdings collects wastewater accrued in the production of phosphorous, a key element for fertilizing plants. The waste from this chemical process includes high amounts of phosphorous and nitrogen as well as traces of uranium and radium, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. If the stack collapses, it could pollute surrounding groundwater, soil, and local water supplies. Read more...

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