Soon after the merger, Mosaic joined forces with the government-owned phosphate mining operation at
Mosaic as of 2019 operates mines and plants without competitors in Florida's Bone Valley at the following sites in Hillsborough, Manatee, Polk and Hardee Counties;
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Besides joint stock in the Brazilian Vale mining company responsible for the devastation by the mining dam disasters, they own shares of the Saudi owned, Wa'ad Al Shammal Phosphate Project as of 2013.
Hardee County gave approval in 2018 for massive phosphate strip mining on the Peace River, near Ona, Hardee County.
Manatee Commissioners also had a deaf ear to residents, municipalities, and environmental groups, 5-2 vote in favor of creating a huge lake with a DAM at the headwater's of the Myakka and Peace Rivers. Per Glenn Compton:
"Of all the places in Florida, this is where you don't want to strip mine, said Compton, chairman of ManaSota-88, a regional environmental advocacy group. Manasota-88 is one of four environmental groups that announced plans to sue two federal agencies over approvals of more than 50,000 acres for phosphate mining across the region, known as "Bone Valley."
"It's in the headwaters of the Myakka River, which is one of the few Wild and Scenic rivers that we have, not only in the state of Florida, but the nation," Compton said."It's also in the headwaters of the Peace River, which is the drinking water supply for Charlotte and Sarasota counties, and many others."
He said he is especially concerned that the mine wants to build another clay settling area, which is basically a huge lake with an earthen dam where mined byproducts are pumped.
"We don't call them clay setting areas. We call them toxic slime ponds, because they have heavy metals, they have arsenic, they have acid," he said. "And if the dams were to break on them, they would annihilate - and that's not too strong of a word - they would annihilate everything downstream for miles."
THE HARDEE ONA MINE WAS APPROVED BECAUSE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AGREED TO TAKE THEIR WASTE.
Pictured left is a supposed reclaimed mine site. Can anybody see a landscape that matches the one before they mined? those are the exact contours from digging and stacks. ( see reclamation page)
Like a good neighbor, in the fall of 2015 Mosaic settled a federal lawsuit for shy of $2 million dollars. the EPA accused mosaic of improper storage and disposal of waste at its 6 Fflorida mines, 60 billion tons of hazardous waste were discovered. The fact that all Mosaic mines were involved, indicates that it was management known and approved violations of federal environmental laws. See phosphate mining and Mosaic in Brazil below where Brazilian environmental regulations are very lax.
Protesters outside of Bradford County Courthouse
In 2015 right after Mosaic settled the federal lawsuit for illegally disposing its solid waste in its Florida and Louisiana mining operations, one of Vale's iron ore mine dams burst, destroying an entire town, killing seven people and destroying the ecology of the Doce River
Toxic sludge leveled villages and traveled the complete length of the Doce River and into the Atlantic Ocean
87 mining dams in Brazil's mining district were all improperly built too high. It is only a matter of time for Mosaic's newly aquired dams. If they break it would impact 1,000 people.