Notwithstanding the flying cockroaches, the infamous child eating alligators, the zika spreading mosquitoes, killer lightning, hurricanes and the ever present mold spawning humidity, our ever so inviting tourist/snowbird state has a new and insidious reason for people to venture down south to where the cicadas sing. Toxic Mountains, Radioactive Aquifers and Obsolete Coal Burning Power Plants!
The Mosaic Company and TECO Power Plant are two major polluters in Hillsborough County, FL.
On Aug. 27th 2016, 215 million gallons of radioactive toxic sludge leaked into the Florida aquifer after a sinkhole opened under a Mosaic retention pond in Mulberry, FL. But how could this happen, when last year, on October 1, 2015 Mosaic settled a $1.8B Hazardous Waste Case? The answer can be found between the lines.
Here’s an example of how dishonest these companies are and how they do not have the public’s best interest in mind. During the recent election campaign, there was a petition that was in circulation that was meant to trick those who are pro solar into signing. These unscrupulous companies, set out on a huge canvasing campaign called Smart Solar. This was reported by the Herald/Times Tallahassee & was exposed as a dishonest practice.
The bottom line is that
it’s only their bottom line, that they care about.
Yes, you’ve been taken for a ride!
In 1999 TECO settled a $3.5M lawsuit for violations with an additional $11M they have to pay towards environmentally beneficial projects in the region designed to mitigate the impact of emissions from the company’s plants.
As part of their reparations, they were punished to built an environmental center south of Big Bend Power Station. These companies put up a good front in the media, but a picture is worth a thousand words.
Here’s an example of how massive Mosaic’s toxic sludge mountain is in Gibsonton, FL.
An airport or more than over 30 football fields can fit inside this mountainous sludge pool that is in our own back yard.
Next time you go to the races at East Bay Raceway Park, driving on Hwy 41 in Tampa on the borders of Gibsonton and Riverview, take a look to the east. It’s the only mountain in Florida and it’s toxic. To the west is another toxic mountain pool.
What happens when a hurricane blows this all over the city, or springs a leak into the bay? Who is effected? The public citizen and our environment! Do they really care about these things? Talk is cheap but those Mosaic commercial’s sure aren’t. Mosaic is the leading fertilizer exporter and money is no object. We and our environment are expendable. Don’t be fooled.
I wrote 2 emails to the EPA requesting info concerning the hazardous effects to the community from these two huge pollution pumping factories that lie in my back yard and I haven’t heard a word back. That was over 10 months ago. At the bottom of the EPA report is where I found the name to contact:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (MC2249A)
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20460
This is a systemic problem and these are but symptoms of a greater problem. We have allowed this to go on for too long. We must rise up in mass and take our planet back. Whatever you choose to do, just do it, peacefully. I will right my Congressman.
It is time for Solar Power in the Sunshine State, and time to rid this planet of toxic factories that are rarely held accountable and when they are, the fines are a slap on the wrist. Millions & billions may seem like a lot of money, but when you make trillions, it’s nothing. Mosaic made over 10 billion dollars profit in the past 5 years, a $1.5B fine still leaves them billionaires. Not a bad deal, eh?
This is only part of what the Green Party represents and work towards. Please join us to help make this a nation ran for the people and by the people, not the multinational corporations who have taken us hostage and are forfieting our future and our children’s children’s futures for their short term profits.
Time’s are a changin’ and we need you to join us to make this place a cleaner & safer place to live. We want to preserve our land and restore what we can. Being a tourist state, we should cherish and protect our land water and air. The fountain of youth is here in Florida! Do we want to leave for posterity poisoned springs and a ruined planet?
We need you, we cannot do it without YOU! This is the most important thing we are saying here. YOU make a difference! Come to one of our local monthly meetings and make some new friends! Together we can change the world by acting locally, but thinking globally.
With the recent failed Paris climate talks, we need to work locally and put pressure on all the polluters and you are a part of this solution.
We cannot justify burning so much coal in the Sunshine State after Amendment 4 passing in the recent election and you can get solar now. Floridians for Solar Choice urges us to Vote NO on 1 in upcoming election.