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Florida's Mining Dilemma

Florida's Phosphate Mining Catastrophe The Bone Valley region, also known as the Peace River Watershed, is located in southwest central Florida, about 30 miles east of the Tampa Bay Area. The Peace River Watershed includes portions of present-day Hardee, Hillsborough, Manatee, and Polk counties where phosphate is mined for use in the production of agricultural fertilizer. Florida currently contains the largest known deposits of phosphates in the United States.

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Florida Phosphate Mining Waste By-Products Are Hazardous

During the process of making fertilizer the Florida phosphate mining industry also produces toxic waste by-products. The by-products include concentrated airborne radiological agents. The DEP says these agents are toxic to all living things.

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Central Florida Watersheds Worry Four County’s In Florida Based On Phosphate Industry Practices

Four central Florida counties are in legal battles with phosphate industry officials over strip mining thousands of acres of environmentally critical wetlands, rivers, streams, springs, and aquifers. The industry is also pumping millions of gallons of state water reserves daily. The water being consumed by the phosphate industry is causing water shortages for the citizens of central Florida since 1992.

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Florida Phosphate Industry Officials, Poor Environmental Stewards?

Over the last seventy years, Florida’s phosphate officials display poor environmental stewardship. Industry strip mined thousands of square miles of pristine ecological treasures at a cost paid by the Florida taxpayers. Why are phosphate industry officials, such poor environmental stewards?

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No Ecological Solution To Phosphate Strip Mining?

Phosphate strip mining occurs daily in the Peace River Valley while Florida’s citizens are unaware of the severe irreparable environmental damage caused by the industry. Unfortunately, people living on reclaimed mined lands are now showing signs of serious illnesses possibly caused by radiation emissions from strip mining naturally occurring radioactive materials.

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Florida Riparian Waterways Destroyed By Florida’s Phosphate Industry

Florida’s phosphate industry owns more land in central Florida than exists in the state of Rhode Island. The industry destroys the natural landscape causing severe water shortages, pollutes natural resources of freshwater, and ultimately destroys all riparian waterways (public waterways) in the landscape they strip mine.

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Florida Phosphate Gypsum Stacks Display Severe Environmental Impacts

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has broad concerns about Florida’s phosphate industry and the hazardous waste they leave behind in the form of huge “gypstacks”. The EPA finds radiation in the form of gamma radiation from these dangerous waste dumps.

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Florida Landscape Management Is Necessarily Understood

Central Florida large scale landscape modifications such as phosphate strip mining are understood to cause severe environmental impacts by state and phosphate industry officials. Florida residents should contact their elected officials to voice concerns about industry’s poor environmental stewardship.

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Phosphate Mining In The Myakka River Watershed

Phosphate mining operations in the Myakka River watersheds are detrimental to drinking water quality and quantity. Thousands of acres of pristine environmentally freshwater resources are being stripped from the central Florida earth.

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Manatee County FL Denies Phosphate Industry Permits

Manatee County in west central Florida denies Florida’s politically powerful phosphate industry officials permits to strip mine more environmentally critical ecosystems. The Peace River and Myakka watersheds are at risk of being completely destroyed by phosphate industry officials for phosphate just beneath the land surface.

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Florida Sinkholes Related To Phosphate Strip Mining In Southwest Central Florida

Florida’s phosphate industry is causing sinkholes to develop in the Peace River watershed and adjacent areas. The FDEP say they do not have the power or the funding to enforce Florida’s environmental laws concerning the phosphate industry. Florida’s taxpayers continually pay the price for the phosphate industry.

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Florida Phosphate Industry Practices Severely Disturb Navigable Waterways?

Florida, also known as the “Sunshine State” receives tremendous amounts of rain year after year. Unfortunately, Florida’s phosphate industry wastes enough freshwater to create severe water shortages yearly in the Tampa Bay area since 1992.

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Phosphate Permits, Altman Tract, Manatee County Florida

West Central Florida is where phosphate industry and local government officials are continuing to litigate in Florida courts. Industry officials are in court because of denied strip mining permits by Manatee County, Florida. The total amount being asked for in court by phosphate officials is over $600 million.

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Phosphate Industry Strip Mining Central Florida Watersheds

Florida’s riparian lands and navigable waterways are being decimated by phosphate industry draglines on a daily basis. Florida’s elected officials “permit” phosphate industry officials to strip mine in central Florida’s watersheds degrading drinking water quality and quantity.

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Phosphate Industry Siege On Alafia River And Watersheds

The Tampa Bay estuary, Alafia River, other local tributaries and watersheds are known to be “navigable waterways” or public domain. Phosphate industry officials historically cause severe environmental impacts called dead zones in the Alafia River and the Tampa Bay estuary in and around Riverview, Florida.

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