This massive sink hole could cause serious consequences for the main Florida aquifer.
This massive 45-foot-wide sink hole was discovered on Aug. 27th and is believed to reach all the way down to the Florida aquifer. The hole opened up directly under a 215 million gallon storage pond that was sitting atop a waste mineral pile at on of Mosaic’s main facilities.
“I wish we could say that watching an environmental tragedy unfolding at a Florida phosphate mining site was a new occurrence, but sadly, it’s happened repeatedly. These phosphate companies are playing roulette with our public waters,” said Tania Galloni, an attorney with the Florida office of Earthjustice.
Watch this impressive arial footage of the massive sinkhole.
According to supposed experts at the scene, the public is not currently at risk.
“Groundwater moves very slowly,” said David Jellerson, Mosaic’s senior director for environmental and phosphate projects. “There’s absolutely nobody at risk.”
The ‘slightly radioactive’ water had been used in transporting gypsum, a common byproduct of fertilizer production. While the spokesmen at Mosaic are saying not to worry, it is hard for the public to grasp how over 200 million gallons of polluted water could not hurt the aquifer and put people at risk.
The Florida aquifer is the main source of drinking water in the state. It feeds cities like Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Tampa, and St. Petersburg; not to mention the thousands of connected wells that are spread across the rural areas in the state.
According to Mosaic, they have been “recovering the water by pumping through onsite production wells.”
As of right now, the company is continuing to send updates to the Department of Environmental Protection.