Radioactive water cover-up in Florida: Officials didn’t warn the public for a month
Actually, any geologist student should be well aware of sink holes in Florida and how they’re formed.
But that’s not the story. The story is the leak (ongoing) and cover up. So typical of Florida.
As reported by Russian Times, radioactive wastewater has been flowing into the sinkhole and into an aquifer in Polk County, which is situated in the central part of the state between Orlando and Tampa.
The Tampa Bay Times reported further that the sinkhole opened up below a gypsum stack at a Mosaic phosphate fertilizer plant near Mulberry, dumping millions of gallons of poisonous runoff into the aquifer.
Now that the word is out, it may be months before the hole is filled in, according to officials working on the problem.
The hole is 45 feet wide, and is believed to be around 300 feet deep. It opened at the New Wales plant, where trucked-in phosphate rock is converted into fertilizer. The contaminated water contains sulfate and sodium from a pool that sits atop a 120-foot gypsum stack. “An unknown amount of gypsum, a fertilizer byproduct with low levels of radiation, also fell into the sinkhole,” the Times reported.
At present, the pond is drained. However, as the Times noted, aerial video taken recently shows that polluted water continues to seep in from the gypsum stack, and is cascading like a waterfall into the sinkhole. And with each new rainfall, there will be more contaminated water leeching into the sinkhole until it is filled.