In Florida, Threats From Phosphogypsum Exposed
This week the anticipated collapse of a phosphogypsum stack — holding up to 700 million gallons of wastewater — caused Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare a state of emergency for Manatee, Pinellas, and Hillsborough counties, while county officials issued evacuation orders for the area around the "gypstack."
Phosphogypsum is radioactive waste from processing phosphoric acid, used mostly in fertilizer, that can also contain carcinogens and toxic heavy metals. It's stored in massive stacks with the process wastewater on top.
"This environmental disaster was entirely foreseeable and preventable," said Jaclyn Lopez, the Center's Florida director. "With 24 more stacks storing more than 1 billion tons of this dangerous, radioactive waste in Florida, the EPA needs to step in right now."
Learn more and take action to protect communities and ecosystems from phosphogypsum.