MANATEE — Repairs are slated to be completed Wednesday at a former Piney Point phosphate plant that leaked millions of gallons into the neighborhood around it. The repairs mean a dredging project could resume shortly thereafter at nearby Port Manatee.
Although rain halted work about 3 a.m. today at the HRK Holdings facility, repairs are slated to resume Monday, said Jordan Levy, the company’s chief executive officer.
Repairs are designed to fill channels and cavities inside the structure with a cement mixture, that is being pumped into the gypsum stack to provide stability, he said.
Seawater had eroded the material beneath a plastic liner, where material from a Port Manatee dredge project was being stored.
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“This is to fill the void created by the water flow beneath the liner, and provide support to both the liner patch. which will be applied, and the gyp structures surrounding the cavity,” Levy said Friday.
The company had cleaned the former stack and installed a heavy plastic liner in order to process and then store dredge material from the port in a series of compartments atop the stack, which rises 75-90 feet high.
However, the liner developed ruptures, and more than 169 million gallons over three weeks escaped the property at 13300 U.S. 41 N. The leaks werehalted June 16.