Leak at wastewater pond prompts evacuations

Florida declares state of emergency over toxic wastewater leak

Authorities expanded the evacuation area later on Saturday to include more homes, but said they were not planning to open shelters. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection said the significant leak was detected in one of the walls of a 77-acre pond that is 25 feet deep and holds millions of gallons of water containing phosphorus and nitrogen from the old phosphate plant.

"According to onsite engineers, a controlled release was necessary in order to prevent a catastrophic failure", DeSantis said.

Officials in Florida said in a statement that the primary concern from the collapse would be flooding.

Marine algae thrive on such elements, and environmental groups fear the release of millions of gallons of nutrient-rich water into the ocean could trigger a deadly "red tide", or algal bloom, that can suffocate fish and other aquatic life and deter tourist activity.

DeSantis insisted the water being discharged has tested as not radioactive, a common byproduct of the phosphate mining process, but rather comprises a mix of saltwater, mining "legacy process water", and stormwater runoff.

According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the water is safe to drink.

"Evacuate area NOW. Collapse of Piney Point Stack Imminent!".

Problems at Piney Point stretch back decades.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nicole Fried has said there were previous problems with the reservoir's liner and claimed the Piney Point plant has a troublesome history.

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There are 27 gypsum stacks across Florida, WFLA reported.

After the threat is mitigated, the wall will not be repaired, and all of the holding ponds on the property will be drained of water and likely filled, Hopes said during the press conference on Sunday.

"This is not acceptable and it's not something we will allow to persist", he said.

HRK did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The entire Piney Point reservoir site, about 20 miles south of Tampa, and surrounding areas has been evacuated.

The pond had begun leaking in March after which county officials began discharging water from it.

Worsening of a week-old leak in the containment wall of the 480 million-gallon Piney Point waste water reservoir prompted DeSantis to declare a state of emergency over concerns over the possible collapse of stacks of phosphogypsum waste, primarily from fertilizer manufacturing, at the plant.

The pond where the leak was found is in a stack of phosphogypsum, a radioactive waste product from the manufacture of fertiliser.

More than 300 homes are affected by the evacuation order.

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