Mosaic Sinkhole Cleanup Details Announced
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection on Monday announced the details of a consent order reached with Mosaic Fertilizer over cleanup at the sinkhole that opened at the company's facility in Mulberry, Florida, on Aug. 28. The order require Mosaic to "permanently seal the sinkhole and verify the long-term effectiveness of the repair work" and to install a "recovery well system" to capture groundwater affected by the release of 215 million gallons of wastewater caused by the sinkhole, according to a news bulletin issued by the Department of Environmental Protection. The order also calls for Mosaic to operate "a Comprehensive Off-site Monitoring Program at least through December 2018 to ensure that off-site groundwater and private drinking water wells are monitored to verify that residents continue to have a safe source of drinking water." The Mosaic facility manufactures sulfuric and phosphoric acid and produces phosphate fertilizers and animal-feed ingredients.