Center for Biological Diversity letter

Center for Biological Diversity

Dear Lorraine ,Phosphate mine aerial view

Less than an hour from Florida’s sandy beaches is the world’s largest phosphate strip mine. And now the phosphate mining industry wants to tear up an additional 7,500 acres of the nearby Peace River watershed.

We need your help to save what’s left of Florida’s intact habitat and stop this terrible practice.

Phosphate is used to make fertilizer — but mining for it is one of the most destructive practices on Earth. The strip mining permanently removes 30-60 feet of topsoil, sand, clay and rock to get at the underlying ore. Then another process acidizes that rock, leaving behind radioactive waste.

Indeed there are more than a billion tons of radioactive phosphogypsum stored in mountain-like “gypstacks” throughout Florida, where they’ll stay long after the mining companies move on.

It’s long past time for us to stand up for our wetlands and wildlife habitat. Tell your elected officials you don’t want another inch of Florida land given away to phosphate mining, and urge the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deny the permit application.

Click here to take action and get more information.

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Photo of Florida phosphate mine by Jaclyn Lopez, Center for Biological Diversity.

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