Authorities in Manatee County on the West Coast Florida, Conducted an investigation on Monday and found that liquid phosphate waste may leak a second time before the reservoir collapses Avoid ecological disasters, The local media reported the news from a picture taken by a drone.
This State of emergency An ordinance near the Piney Point factory owned by HRK Holdings was issued on Saturday and has been abandoned since 2001, forcing more than 200 prisoners to be evacuated from the county’s central prison.
As announced in the last few hours, Randy Warren, spokesperson for the Manatee Sheriff’s Office 267 prisoners transferred Go to the correctional facility in neighboring Polk County.
Another 721 prisoners, one hundred staff and medical team members were taken to the second floor of the facility.
The Sheriff’s Office is expected to reach About 30 cm of water The second destruction of the Piney Point Reservoir, due to its proximity to Tampa Bay, worried the authorities.
This morning, an infrared drone determined what might be The second gap in the plastic lining According to the “Tampa Bay Times” report, county officials said it was surrounding the deposit of the former phosphate plant.
The Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis (Ron DeSantis) visited the area where the abandoned plants are located and their retention ponds, one of which included 260 to 3 billion liters of liquidIt can cause rupture and leakage, and there is a risk of rupture and release of its contents.
After the plane tour, the governor announced that another 20 pumps and 10 air extractors had participated in the orderly discharge of pond water in order to be able to Increase the extraction speed to 132,400 liters every minute.
Local authorities said that on Monday afternoon, the reservoir had less than 1.135 billion liters of water.
“I am worried about threats to public safety, Houses, businesses, and of course marine life,” Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan from the coastal city of Sarasota said today as he flew over the area in a helicopter.
Jake Saur, the manatee public safety director, reported on the status of the reservoir at a press conference. He pointed out that the Army Corps of Engineers and other experts were on the scene. Attempt to evaluate the findings of the drone.
Sol said they currently have Four main extraction lines Except for other smaller pumps, the evacuation order is still valid.
It is estimated that the rate at which water has been pumped from the pond so far will allow the pond to be emptied within 10 to 12 days.
According to the Florida Environmental Protection Agency’s website, the liquid in the southern pond of the phosphate factory is seawater from the drainage of a nearby port, as well as water and rainwater from the factory’s industrial processes.
He said: “In addition to pH (acidity level) and the content of phosphorus, nitrogen and ammonia nitrogen, this water also meets the quality standards of sea water. It is acidic, but the content may not be of concern.” Web.