215 Million Gallons Of Radioactive Water Threaten Drinking Water In Florida

Posted: September 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

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“It’s hard to trust them when they say ‘Don’t worry,’ when they’ve been keeping it secret for three weeks.”

Mountain Republic

Officials waited 3 weeks to inform the public

215 Million Gallons Of Radioactive Water Threaten Drinking Water In Florida Image credits: flickr, simongotz

Anna Scanlon


Mulberry, Florida is now home to a giant sinkhole that has caused 215 million gallons of radioactive water to leak into the state’s supply of drinking water.

The contamination occurred when a sinkhole appeared at a phosphate fertilizer plant near Tampa, which damaged the stack where waste water was stored. This filtered into the state’s aquifer system, which supplies water to residents, making the water contain phosphogypsum. Phosphogypsum is classified as slightly radioactive and is a byproduct of the creation of fertilizer. This is due to the naturally-occurring uranium and radium in the phosphate ore. [1]

The contaminated water also flows into springs used for activities like snorkeling and swimming. [2]

Mosaic, the fertilizer company responsible for the contamination, has kept this sinkhole leak concealed for the better part of 3 weeks, leaving many residents wary when they…

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Comments
  1. sojourner says:

    I read this yesterday. I guess lead isn’t killing us off fast enough!

  2. Even in combination with fluoride. Imagine that.

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