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Wastewater discharge in Tampa Bay could fuel algal blooms

Environmentalists are worried that a recent discharge of wastewater into Tampa Bay could exacerbate a new outbreak of the dreaded red tide algal blooms. An estimated 215 million gallons of wastewater from the old Piney Point fertilizer plant grounds were discharged earlier this month into Tampa Bay. About 11 miles away, red tide was found […]

Gov. DeSantis gives update on Piney Point, Johnson & Johnson vaccines

Gov. Ron DeSantis held a press conference in which provided updates regarding Piney Point and the FDA and CDC’s recommendation to pause use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. DeSantis announced that he has directed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to formulate plans for the permanent closure of Piney Point. In answer to […]

What is phosphate and why does so much of it come from Florida?

Phosphate has been dominating the news in Florida for several days since the breach at a wastewater reservoir in Manatee County forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes. Phosphate is a key ingredient in fertilizer and is also found in animal feed supplements, food preservatives and industrial products. Florida produces the most of any state […]

Evacuation orders lifted in Manatee County; lawmakers plan $200M to deal with reservoir

Florida lawmakers have proposed spending $200 million to clean up and close the wastewater reservoir that triggered evacuations of homes and businesses amid fears it would burst open and cause massive flooding. But it was not immediately clear how officials plan to tackle the huge engineering challenge. The state Senate president, Republican Wilton Simpson, said […]

Officials: 2nd breach concern in Florida phosphate reservoir

A wastewater reservoir in Manatee County is on the verge of collapse. If the Piney Point reservoir collapses, a 20-foot wall of water is expected to flood the area. A drone discovered a possible second breach in the reservoir as more pumps were headed to the site to prevent a catastrophic flood, officials said Monday. […]

Florida tries to stop ‘catastrophic’ pond collapse

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Sunday that crews are working to prevent the collapse of a large wastewater pond in the Tampa Bay area while evacuating the area to avoid a “catastrophic flood.” Manatee County officials say the latest models show that a breach at the old phosphate plant reservoir has the potential to gush out […]