Hillary Clinton is weighing in on Mosaic’s delay in informing the public about the spill of 215 million gallons of contaminated water into a sinkhole at their Polk County phosphate plant last month.
In an interview with WFST-Channel 28’s Sarina Fazan, the Democratic presidential nominee is chiming in on the criticism regarding the phosphate giant’s failure to inform the public about the spill, which happened last month. Though Mosaic did inform local and state agencies, many members of the public never heard about it until they saw news reports last weekend.
“I think what happened as I understand it about Mosaic was terribly risky and posed serious threats to the aquifer and clean water,” the former first lady said in an interview recorded on Wednesday before her appearance in Orlando. “And people didn’t know about it. It went on for weeks without there being any kind of announcement. They should be held accountable.”
Mosaic officials apologized Tuesday during a Polk County Commission meeting for not notifying the public sooner about its sinkhole and leak of radioactive waste water.
Other officials are questioning why the DEP wasn’t more forthright about the leak, after Mosaic officials contacted them immediately after the incident. State law does not require the DEP to inform the public about a spill into the aquifer if it has not spread offsite. DEP officials have not said when they first learned of the leak, but have said that they did contact local residents after learning about it.
Tallahassee Democratic Representative Gwen Graham blasted the DEP on Wednesday, saying that the agency failed to alert surrounding communities of a toxic sinkhole, and calling on the DEP to use all means available to protect Florida families and the environment from a potential health crisis.