Mosaic, the phosphate company that spilled 215 million gallons of contaminated water into the aquifer via a massive sinkhole at its Mulberry plant, has suffered another spill.
This time the spill occurred at its Plant City facility, and involved 50,000 gallons of phosphoric acid, according to the Lakeland Ledger. Mosaic officials did not respond to requests for comment from the Tampa Bay Times on Monday.
The spill was reported to the state on Saturday, according to theLedger. Mosaic officials said they had contained the spill and it did not spread.
The spill occurred when a connection between a pump and a motor failed, and the pump became inoperable, according to the Ledger.
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A sinkhole at Mosaic's Mulberry plant opened up on Aug. 27 and swallowed contaminated water from a phosphogypsum stack. Neither Mosaic nor the state Department of Environmental Protection notified the public or the plant’s neighbors for three weeks, because state law does not require public notification until the pollution shows up outside the boundaries of the landowner's property.
Gov. Rick Scott initially defended the DEP’s silence, then announced the law was stupid and should be changed. Scott told the DEP to begin requiring any company or government agency that has a pollution spill to report the incident to the public, via the media, within 24 hours.
Mosaic was the first company to make such a report, announcing an accident at its Bartow fertilizer manufacturing plant involving a spill of 97,000 gallons of phosphoric acid solution. Mosaic said that spill had also been contained. The reported incident over the weekend was the second time Mosaic has had to comply with the new rule on pollution spills.
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