WSJ: Florida sinkhole heightens concerns about fertilizer industry

 

 

This aerial photo shows a massive sinkhole in Mulberry, Fla., that opened up underneath a gypsum stack at a Mosaic phosphate fertilizer plant. (Source: Wall St. Journal)

Fertilizer giant Mosaic Co. is paying tens of millions of dollars to patch a central Florida sinkhole and monitor for hazardous runoff, an incident that has heightened environmental concerns involving an industry critical to the U.S. food supply.

The 240-foot-deep hole opened beneath a pile of mining waste at Mosaic’s plant in Mulberry, Fla., about 30 miles east of Tampa, in late August and drained contaminated water into an aquifer that provides drinking water for communities as far north as southern Georgia.

The company in early November said it would spend some $60 million to seal hole with concrete and pump the contaminated water out of the aquifer.

For the complete story: http://www.wsj.com/articles/florida-sinkhole-heightens-concerns-about-fertilizer-industry-1479038414

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