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DEP takes aim at media’s coverage of Mosaic sinkhole story

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As for the much-heralded sinkhole at the Mosaic Company’s New Wales Facility in Polk County, readers of the Tampa Bay Times may be in for a shock. Truth be told, both the state of Florida and Mosaic have been much more proactive than they are led to believe. And Mosaic and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection wan to set the record straight. In a statement Tuesday, the agency blasts the Times for omitting several key facts — despite the paper being…

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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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