The State Of Florida Has Declared an Emergency Due To a Toxic Wastewater Leak
Published On:April 06, 2021
After a spill from a large pond of toxic wastewater in Tampa Bay, Florida has declared a state of emergency. A motorway near the Piney Point reservoir has been closed, and more than 300 homes in the area have been ordered to be evacuated. Residents got a text message urging them to leave their homes right away. The 77-acre (31-hectare) reservoir stores millions of gallons of water containing phosphorus and nitrogen from an old phosphate mine, according to officials. The leak was discovered in a stack of phosphogypsum, a hazardous waste product from the fertilizer industry.
Tiny quantities of naturally occurring radium and uranium can be present in the water, and the stacks can also emit radon gas. Late Friday, attempts to patch the leak by plugging the hole with rocks and other materials failed. On Saturday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency. At a press conference, Manatee County Administrator Scott Hopes expressed concern that the water could flood the largely agricultural region. Thousands of gallons per minute are currently being pumped out of the reservoir to reduce the amount of water, whilst other staff plot the course to regulate the water flow. Funds will be released to send more pumps and cranes to the area if a state of emergency is declared.
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