Sinkhole at Florida fertilizer plant leaks radioactive water | Daily Mail Online

The sinkhole, found at the Mosaic plant, opened up beneath a pile of waste material and drained into the Floridian aquifer system, which is the principal source of groundwater for the state.

 

  • Sinkhole opened up beneath a pile of waste material and drained into the Floridian aquifer system 
  • System is the principal source of groundwater for most of the state 
  • Mosaic discovered the sinkhole at the plant in August but did not inform the public of its existence for three weeks
  • Company said there is ‘no risk’ of contamination to drinking water
  • Incident comes less than a year after Mosaic settled $2billion federal lawsuit with the US Environmental Protection Agency

A massive sinkhole at a Florida fertilizer plant has caused more than 200 million gallons of radioactive water to leak into a main source of the state’s drinking water.

The sinkhole, which measures 45 feet in diameter and is 300 feet deep, opened up beneath a pile of waste material at Mosaic, the world’s largest supplier of phosphate.

A storage pond containing 215 million gallons of radioactive water sat atop the waste mineral pile and has drained into the Floridian aquifer system, which supplies drinking water to millions of residents.

Aquifers are vast, underground systems of porous rocks that hold water and allow it to move through the holes within the rock.

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