Piny Point disasters have been avoided for now and penetration continues

24-hour emergency management officials again postpone catastrophic environmental disasters at an old Piny Point phosphate plant where a huge man-made pond holding contaminated water could collapse It seems that it was done.

News promotion: Since last week, a series of leaks have occurred on the walls of the largest pond at an abandoned phosphate production site. The pond originally contained approximately 480 million gallons of salt water from dredging in the bay and process water, which is contaminated water from fertilizer production.

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  • On Friday, authorities began desperately pumping water from the pond into Tampa Bay, Port Manatee, to reduce pressure on the leak.

  • They also began adding soil reinforcements outside the pond to slow penetration.

Important reason: On Sunday, authorities were afraid of the worst-case scenario in the event of a complete breach. Uncontrolled spouts of water can destabilize gypsum stacks containing radioactive material and pump as much as 20 feet of contaminated water from the site.

Good news: There is no news. Manatee County officials said at a press conference Sunday afternoon that there were no uncontrollable leaks.

  • According to Manatee County administrator Scott Hopes, a pump was added to the shoreline around the pond and pumped into Tampa Bay, reducing the total amount of contaminated water in the pond to less than 300 million gallons. ..

  • The state’s DEP is responsible for monitoring coastal waters to catch environmental impacts and confirming that the state is liable for adverse effects on site owner HRK Holdings. Noah Valenstein says.

What’s New: The possibility of collapse is still real. “We haven’t left an important area yet,” Hopes said. “By Tuesday we will be in a much better position and we believe the risk will be dramatically reduced.”

caution: “Customers in Manatee County’s utilities can rest assured that their drinking water is completely safe to drink,” said Manatee County Commission Chairman Vanessa Bo.

Flashback: For decades, environmentalists and regulators have warned that the place is a time bomb.

  • A subsidiary of the milk company Borden built a factory in 1966. Tampa Bay Times, And soon found dumping waste in Bishop Harbor. More dumping occurred in February 1970, resulting in a series of fish kills that lasted until summer.

  • The factory changed hands at least four times, through which all toxic leaks sickened workers, killed cows and expelled neighbors from their homes.

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