Toxic wastewater reservoir in Florida on brink of collapse; state of emergency declared

  

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Via:  perrie-halpern  •  one week ago  •  10 comments

By:   Ben Kesslen and The Associated Press

Toxic wastewater reservoir in Florida on brink of collapse; state of emergency declared
Florida's Manatee County is in a state of emergency as a toxic wastewater reservoir is on the brink of collapse.

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Manatee County, Florida, is in a state of emergency and residents are being evacuated as a toxic wastewater reservoir is on the brink of collapse, and Gov. Ron DeSantis said crews are working to prevent "a real catastrophic flood situation."

Families in at least 316 homes were ordered to evacuate Saturday after officials warned that Piney Point Reservoir, about 40 miles south of Tampa, could flood homes with 15 to 20 feet of water if it collapses.

The reservoir holds a mix of saltwater, fresh water, wastewater and fertilizer runoff. DeSantis clarified Sunday that the water is not radioactive after concerns were raised because the ponds are in stacks of phosphogypsum, a solid radioactive byproduct of manufacturing fertilizer.


Due to a possible breach of mixed saltwater from the south reservoir at the Piney Point facility, I have declared a State of Emergency for Manatee County to ensure resources are allocated for necessary response & recovery. — Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 3, 2021

Part of the reservoir's retaining wall shifted laterally, which means total structural collapse is possible, Manatee County public safety officials said. If that were to happen, 600 million gallons of water could leave the retention pool in a matter of minutes, they said.

A natural gas plant that provides energy to millions in the region is also in the flood zone, causing additional concern.

A jail a mile from the leaky pond had not yet had to evacuate, but officials are moving people to a higher floor and placing sandbags on the ground level. Manatee County Administrator Scott Hopes said the area could be flooded with several feet of water.

Crews are working to move water out of the reservoir as fast as possible, but it could take more than a week.About 22,000 gallons of water are being discharged per minute, and Hopes said he expects the risk of a collapse to drop in a couple of days.

The Environmental Protection Agency is sending a representative to the command center in Manatee County, officials said.

"We hope the contamination is not as bad as we fear, but are preparing for significant damage to Tampa Bay and the communities that rely on this precious resource," Justin Bloom, founder of the Sarasota-based nonprofit organization Suncoast Waterkeeper, said in a statement.


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Kavika
Professor Principal
1  Kavika     one week ago

Yet another man-made disaster.

 
 
 
devangelical
PhD Principal
1.1  devangelical  replied to  Kavika @1    one week ago

= republican job creation program

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
2  Buzz of the Orient    one week ago

If Shakespeare were alive today he might have wrtitten: "Something is rottten in the state of Florida"

 
 
 
SteevieGee
Junior Silent
3  SteevieGee    one week ago

It's a good thing that Florida didn't burden the fertilizer company with unnecessary safety and environmental regulations.  They would have moved to China taking their low wage jobs with them.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
3.1  Kavika   replied to  SteevieGee @3    one week ago

The citizens of Florida will be stuck with the clean-up of yet another corporate profit-making venture and then walking away from the aftermath and problems that they are responsible for.

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
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3.2  FLYNAVY1  replied to  SteevieGee @3    one week ago

It's a good thing that Florida didn't burden the fertilizer company with unnecessary safety and environmental regulations. 

Just one more point that will endear Desantis to republican voters in the next presidential election cycle.

The citizens of Florida will be stuck with the clean-up of yet another corporate profit-making venture and then walking away from the aftermath and problems that they are responsible for.

Yet another badge of honor for republican faithful.....

 
 
 
Hallux
Freshman Expert
3.2.1  Hallux  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @3.2    one week ago

Meh, our 'friends' on the other side of the reservoir have already flooded the site with bloated floating squirrels.

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
Professor Expert
3.2.2  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Hallux @3.2.1    one week ago

flooded the site with bloated floating squirrels

Obviously they aren't worried about that type of toxicity either.....  Must be invested in bottled water too.

 
 
 
bccrane
Freshman Silent
4  bccrane    one week ago

could flood homes with 15 to 20 feet of water if it collapses.

Usually when water escapes confinement it proceeds in a fanning out pattern and Florida, as you know, is mostly flat, so if the reservoir is 15 to 20 feet deep by the time it reaches the homes it may be no more than a foot deep and mainly confine itself to the streets.  If the picture above is the reservoir in question, then looking at the satellite pictures, it will not cause much flooding as the sensational news reports are claiming.

 
 
 
Ender
PhD Principal
5  Ender    one week ago

What is sad is that it is toxic yet they are pumping it into the Tampa bay....

I am tired of these corporations that just destroyed land and left toxic pollutants behind yet they always get to walk away and we are stuck with their toxic aftermath.

 
 
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