BRADENTON -- The water leaking from a former Piney Point phosphate plant was stopped early this morning, county commissioners were told.
Millions of gallons per day had been leaking from the property of HRK Holdings, LLC, but the flow was halted at about 4 a.m. today, port and county environmental officials told county commissioners during a briefing this morning.
David McDonald, the port authority’s executive director, said the company is in the process of repairing two ruptures in a compartment atop the former phosphate plant stacks, which have been converted to process and dispose of dredge material from a port construction project.
McDonald said after the meeting that he had “no idea” how many gallons had leaked from the facility since the state Department of Environmental Protection issued an order May 29 allowing emergency discharges in order to ensure the stability of the huge structure at 13300 U.S. Hwy. 41 N.
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Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at (941) 745-7031.