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Bradenton Herald, neighbors give thumbs up to Mosaic Wingate Mine expansion

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This week, the Mosaic Company is asking Manatee County commissioners to approve a zoning change that will allow the Polk County-based firm to expand its Wingate Mine property by more than 3,600 acres. The request by the world’s largest manufacturer of phosphate-based fertilizers is garnering support from several of Mosaic’s residential neighbors, as well as the editorial board of the Bradenton Herald. Linda C. Eneix of Myakka City wrote the commission in support, calling Mosaic an “exemplary” corporate neighbor. “Mosaic…

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Sinkhole leaks fertilizer plant’s water into Florida aquifer

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A phosphate company says more than 200 million gallons of contaminated waste water from a fertilizer plant in central Florida leaked into one of the state’s main underground sources of drinking water after a massive sinkhole opened up beneath a storage pond. Mosaic, the world’s largest supplier of phosphate, said the hole opened up beneath a pile of waste material called a “gypsum stack.” The 215-million gallon storage pond sat atop the waste mineral pile. The company said the sinkhole…

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Summer’s here, so fertilizer’s gone

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Summer rains are here, and with them, residential and urban runoff. Each summer these runoffs carry surface-level pollutants into Florida’s waterways. And arguably none are more environmentally detrimental than the nitrogen and phosphorus found in fertilizer. Pinellas County and surrounding areas, to counteract the problem, have enacted a summer fertilizer ban. Be Floridian, a service of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, is spearheading an accompanying awareness campaign. From June 1 to Sept. 30 the organization is championing various alternative lawn-care…

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