MANATEE — Repairs to fix leaks at a former Piney Point phosphate plant are expected to be complete Monday, a company official said today.
And pending approval from the state, dredging may resume early next week at Port Manatee, according to Jordan Levy, chief executive officer of HRK Holdings LLC., owner of property near the port, with a contract to handle the material dredged up during a port construction project.
Dredging stopped June 3 after the Piney Point site began to leak. Port officials said they halted work on their construction project in order to give the company time to make repairs.
Before the flow of water from the site was staunched June 16, the property at 13300 U.S. 41 N. emitted more than 169 million gallons into the surrounding neighborhood and Bishop Harbor, according to state regulators, who are overseeing repairs.
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Now, the company said it is ready to restart its work, pending approval from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.