BusinessEnvironmentTampa Bay Braces for Red Tide Outbreak After Toxic...

Tampa Bay Braces for Red Tide Outbreak After Toxic Wastewater Leak

-

- Advertisment -sslate

The uncontrolled release of millions of gallons of polluted wastewater at Piney Point into Tampa Bay is raising concerns about a massive wave of harmful algal blooms.

As officials relax concerns about a complete breach at the old phosphate plant, inviting evacuees back to their homes this week, environmental groups warn neighboring communities are far from being out of the danger zone.

Adam Fernandez, a board member with the Tampa Bay Waterkeeper, said the next step is preparing for the consequences – including a red tide outbreak, from the unprecedented amount of nutrients being dumped into Florida’s largest estuary.

“Now, it’s that there’s upwards of 500 tons of nitrogen that have been released into the bay,” said Fernandez. “That is insane. That’s an insane, biblical amount of nitrogen they released into our bay.”

tampa

Manatee County Commissioners voted Tuesday to get rid of the wastewater being held at the abandoned facility’s ponds permanently – using an injection well to treat the water, then dump it deep into the Floridan Aquifer.

On Wednesday, the Florida Senate approved adding $3 million to the state budget to help with cleanup at the site.

Fernandez said he worries a massive algal bloom will kill off a lot of seagrass, which supports the fisheries, and will create a domino effect throughout the environment.

“Red tide that comes in, you know,” said Fernandez, “that chokes out all the oxygen in the water, and it can lead to massive fish kills, which we hate to see.”

The Center for Biological Diversity is among the groups calling for long-term solutions, including closing plants that create phosphogypsum, the radioactive waste from processing phosphate.

They also say dumping the phosphate industry’s pollution into the aquifer isn’t the best solution, and have been petitioning for stronger federal oversight at existing facilities.

Sunshine Slate
Sunshine Slatehttps://www.sunshineslate.com
Sunshine Slate is your news, entertainment, music fashion website. We provide you with the latest breaking news and videos straight from the United States of America.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

The Increasing Demand For Best Angular Developers

Angular is the platform to develop the user interface of web applications. Get to know the increasing demand for best angular developers.

Florida Groups Add Momentum to Extending Child Tax Credit

Congress negotiates an omnibus bill which would continue corporate tax breaks, it will also extend and make permanent the expanded Child Tax Credit.

Dental Therapists Work to Gain Support in Florida, Congress

Inside a massive appropriations bill now in Congress is a provision which would allow federal funding for dental therapists.

A Detailed View of The Window Frosting Glass with The Selection Features

The modern choice of window frosting glass can serve your privacy concerns and is preferred for commercial buildings and residential homes.
- Advertisement -

Sustainable Circle of Renewable Energy

Hyperproduction that we have nowadays require vast amounts of energy. Based on the theory of conservation of energy,

Should you tell customers how long they’ll be queuing for this Holiday Season?

Companies should partially hide information on how long the queue is if their products are highly popular and valuable
edealo.com
- Advertisement - Motel 6
transformerscon

Must read

Top Huda Beauty Lipstick Shades to Buy Online

A lipstick helps a woman achieve the perfect look. In other words, every woman must have a decent collection of lipsticks.

Best Apps for your New Mobile Phone

We can install any app from the google play store very quickly. Let’s take a look at some most amazing apps for android mobile phones.
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -sslate

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you