DeSantis declares state of emergency for leakage in Tampa Bay area sewage pond
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (right) declared a state of emergency for Manatee County on Saturday as officials warned a gypsum pile collapse at the Piney Point industrial site was “imminent”. Overview: The former phosphate plant, operating from the 1960s to 2001, contains piles of phosphogypsum, a byproduct of fertilizer production, and large pools of polluted water, reported Ben Montgomery of Axios, Selene San Felice. A leak was discovered in the 77-acre process water pond last week. Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic information with Axios Markets. According to government officials, the facility discharged sewage into Piney Point Creek, which leads to Tampa Bay. Manatee County Administrator Scott Hopes said in an update Saturday: “We are talking about the potential of approximately  millions of gallons, in seconds and minutes, leaving this retention pool and circling around, “according to CNN. These ponds contain” waste that would be less conducive to life on land and … life at sea “, Hopes added, noting that the population density in the area was thankfully low.” Pumping the entire pond would take 10 to 12 days, “AP noted. A public safety alert told residents on Saturday:” Evacuate the area NOW. The collapse of the Piney Point pier is imminent. Immediate evacuation from Chapman Road to Airport Road and US 41 to O’Neill Road. Leave the area IMMEDIATELY, “according to the Miami Herald. BREAKING: Officials at @MCGPublicSafety have just expanded a mandatory evacuation zone around the pierced Piney Point reservoir. The original evacuation zone has expanded by half a mile west and a mile southwest to Moccasin Wallow Road Pic. twitter.com/8rjsQrptdr— Manatee County Public Safety Department (@MCGPublicSafety) April 3, 2021 What ‘they say: “Due to a possible mixed saltwater rupture of the southern reservoir of the Piney Point facility, I have declared a state of emergency for Manatee County to ensure resources are allocated. for the necessary response and recovery, “DeSantis tweeted on Saturday. Go Further: Tampa Bay Watching Piney Point Phosphate Plant Environmental Disaster Most Important News Happening in Their Own Backyard. Like this article? Get more Axios and subscribe for free t at Axios Markets.