MANATEE -- State officials today released a new set of water quality test results, concluding that “there are no water quality concerns for metals and other parameters in Bishop Harbor.”
Concerned about millions of gallons that have leaked recently from a former Piney Point phosphate plant, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection listed the contents of water samples collected June 9 in the area.
Much of the water that has leaked from the site, now owned by HRK Holdings, LLC, drained downhill into the harbor, which is part of the Terra Ceia Aquatic Buffer Preserve.
“Of particular note, the results show that cadmium, which was detected in the discharge to the Buckeye Road ditch, is more than 10 times below the cadmium marine water quality standard that applies to this system,” said a DEP summary of the data.
Cadmium is a toxic heavy metal that is an environmental hazard.
The testing found cadmium at one site in the harbor at a concentration of 0.73 micrograms per liter, more than 10 times lower than the saltwater standard of 8.8 micrograms per liter, DEP officials said.
Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at (941) 745-7031.