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Large Sinkhole in Florida causes Drinking Water in Polk County to Become Contaminated with Wastewater

A 45-foot-wide sinkhole at the Mosaic phosphate fertilizer plant has drained 15 million gallons of wastewater into the aquifer in Pol County, Fla.,

Three weeks ago, a 45-foot-wide sinkhole appeared at the Mosaic phosphate fertilizer plant and since then, 215 million gallons of wastewater have drained into the aquifer in Pol County, Fla., which is the state’s main source of drinking water.

Even though the drinking water has become contaminated, Mosaic claims there is no risk because “groundwater moves very slowly.”

RT has more details:

A large sinkhole has caused contaminated wastewater to flow into an aquifer in Polk County, Florida in the US.

The sinkhole appeared at the Mosaic phosphate fertilizer plant about three weeks ago, and 215 million gallons of water containing sulphate, sodium and gypsum, which contains low levels of radiation have drained into the aquifer since then, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The aquifer is the state’s main source of drinking water.

Read the full story here.

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