YES, YES, YES!
And it you watch the videos about this sinkhole you will see that it is still
pouring water into the hole a month later!
So, far more then the 215 million gallons
Do not be fooled into believing that we, the neighbors are safe from this mess-up!
Health Sep. 24, 2016 07:32AM EST
Mosaic Fertilizer has been slammed with a federal lawsuit over the massive, radioactive sinkhole that opened under its New Wales plant in Mulberry, Florida, 30 miles east of Tampa.
Last month, a 300-foot-deep sinkhole appeared at the Mosaic Fertilizer phosphate mine in Mulberry, Florida. The sinkhole has leaked more than 200 million gallons of potentially radioactive water into the Floridan Aquifer—Florida’s main source of drinking water.ClassAction.com
The sinkhole, formed below a phosphogypsum stack, has leaked an estimated 215 million gallons of contaminated wastewater into the Floridan Aquifer, posing a potentially serious threat to drinking water. To make matters worse, news reports indicate that the fertilizer giant and state officials knew about the problem for three weeks but failed to notify the public.
Attorneys from ClassAction.com filed a 23-page class action complaint on behalf of Nicholas Bohn, Natasha McCormick and Eric Weckman—local residents who rely on private wells as their source of water. The lawsuit was filed at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Tampa.
“Residents in the communities that surround the New Wales facility have legitimate concern for the integrity and safety of their water supplies as the toxic radioactive and other chemical wastewater is in the Floridan Aquifer causing, and will continue to cause, water contamination,” the complaint reads.
“There are approximately 5,000 individuals who live in within five miles of the sinkhole who obtain their water from private wells and are impacted by the sinkhole,” it states. “It is estimated there are over 1,500 private wells in the impacted area.”
Mosaic’s “conscious actions and omissions disregarded foreseeable risks to human health and safety and to the environment,” the lawsuit alleges.
The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount in damages, including reimbursement or funding for private well testing, monitoring and treatment if tests show the well is contaminated.
Morgan & Morgan environmental attorney Rene Rocha is one of the attorneys taking on the case. When asked via email if the plaintiffs are seeking a specific dollar amount, Rocha explained to EcoWatch that the main intention of the lawsuit is to keep people safe and to hold Mosaic accountable.
“We are seeking recovery for all damages suffered by the residents in the area, but it is too early to assign any specific dollar amount to that,” he wrote. “First and foremost we are concerned with ensuring the safety of people living nearby the facility, and the integrity of their water supply.”
Since the Sept. 22 filing, Rocha said, “We have been contacted by many residents who are concerned.”
A statement from ClassAction.com noted it is “yet unclear to what extent these wastes have travelled through the Aquifer, but the wastes contain extremely toxic and radioactive contaminants such as radium, radon, uranium, thorium, and lead, as well as other non-radioactive toxins.” Its attorneys are continuing to monitor the environmental impact of the sinkhole, as well as any possible health risks posed by the water’s contaminants.
“This lawsuit is about providing peace of mind to families living nearby the plant. It’s about making sure they are confident their water is safe, and that they don’t have to take the word of a company that repeatedly disregards the public and the environment in pursuit of profits,” ClassAction.com attorney John Yanchunis said. In response to the lawsuit, Mosaic spokeswoman Callie Neslund told the Associated Press, “We are reviewing the details of this filing and will respond through the judicial process.”
Walt Precourt, Mosaic’s senior vice president of phosphates, addressed the Polk County Board of County Commissioners on Sept. 20.
“On behalf of Mosaic and our nearly 4,000 employees in Florida, we’d like to express our sincere regret that the sinkhole and water recovery operations on our property have caused concerns for the community,” he said. “I regret and apologize for not providing information sooner, and am committed to providing regular updates to the public as we move forward.”
On its website, Mosaic says it is offering water tests free of charge. A third-party testing company has taken samples from 52 wells, with 210 testing appointments scheduled. Mosaic is also offering free bottled water to those who request it.