In Januarythe crew of a fishing vessel in the Baltic Sea found something unusual in their nets: a greasy yellowish-brown lump of clay-like material. They pulled it out, placed it on deck and returned to processing their catch. The next day, the crew fell ill with serious skin burns.
On April 23, the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners voted to accept a settlement agreement with Mosaic, the company that wants to stripmine someacres in the northwest area of the county. The settlement, though sugar-coated on the outside, will be a bitter pill for DeSoto residents, as well as the residents of Sarasota and Manatee counties, who depend in part on Peace River for their supply of clean drinking water. It was as if a Bengal tiger negotiated with the villagers for a steady diet of children, while the mediator thought it was a tabby cat.
A reigning champion in the global fertilizer business, Mosaic Co. It seems incongruous. But Mosaic sees a new high-end resort it is building near Tampa, Fla.
Soon after the merger, Mosaic joined forces with the government-owned phosphate mining operation at. Mosaic as of operates mines and plants without competitors in Florida's Bone Valley at the following sites in Hillsborough, Manatee, Polk and Hardee Counties. Fort Meade. Bowling Green.
When I wrote my first draft of this, I was riddled with emotion and ranting through my keyboard. I had a pit in my stomach and tears in my eyes thinking of how my family would be personally affected by mining operations so close to our homes. I possibly used some profanities, but that may be related to the three cups of Cafe Bustelo espresso I'd consumed prior.
When Geoff Watts went to a radon clinic within an Austrian mountain, he found the heat and humidity more troubling than the radioactivity. The electric train carrying its bath-robed and towel-clutching health seekers may be painted a cheerful orange, but the mood of this passenger as we trundle into the mountain is a deepening black. This region of the Austrian Alps has been mined for precious metals since Roman times.
On the south side, the Hardee landscape is typical Florida heartland: Drought-browned pasture stretches mile after mile, dotted by grazing cows, lonely palms and scrub-oak trees. To the north, the view into Polk County is a jarring contrast: Mile after mile of strip-mined earth in shades of gray, with not a tree or other living thing on the horizon. That moonscape to the north is the South Fort Meade Mine, a phosphate operation owned by the most powerful company that most Floridians have never heard of: Minnesota-based Mosaic Co.
The Environmental Protection Agency requires 30 industrial facilities located in Florida to report the amount of mercury compounds disposed of or released from their plants annually. Mosaic Fertilizer LLC owns and operates 4 of the top 5 facilities for mercury compound disposals or releases in Florida. United States Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved March 18,