MULBERRY, Fla. (AP) — A federal lawsuit has been filed by three central Florida residents who live near a fertilizer plant where more than 200 million gallons of contaminated waste water leaked into one of the state’s main underground sources of drinking water.
The proposed class-action lawsuit filed Thursday seeks to recover damages, including for the residents’ possible losses of private wells, and for water testing, monitoring and treatment.
Mosaic, the world’s largest supplier of phosphate, said a sinkhole opened up beneath a pile of waste material called a “gypsum stack.” The 215-million gallon storage pond sat atop the waste mineral pile. The company said the sinkhole is about 45 feet in diameter.
Mosaic says it’s monitoring groundwater and has found no offsite impacts. It’s also offering free drinking water testing to the community.
Officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are expected to visit the Mosaic plant in Mulberry on Friday, weeks after a giant sinkhole opened up and sent millions of gallons of radioactive water into an aquifer.
READ MORE ABOUT THE MOSAIC SINKHOLE:
- Massive sinkhole drains contaminated water into Floridan aquifer
- 8 INVESTIGATES: Govt. knew about Mosaic sinkhole but did not notify public
- 8 INVESTIGATES: Private wells tested for contamination after sinkhole swallows radioactive water
- Polk County knew of Mosaic sinkhole in early September, but public wasn’t informed