Piney Point

COMMENTARY

Phosphate pollution reports give Florida residents déjà vu

BY: - September 2, 2021

One summer when I was in college, I worked at a Pensacola textbook warehouse. One of my co-workers was a funny guy named Jim. While we packed boxes of textbooks to ship all over the country, Jim would be cracking us up with one-liners, jokes and stories. Jim was a huge fan of Monty Python’s […]

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It’s a sin what we’ve done to Florida’s seagrass

BY: - August 5, 2021

The news reports around where I live in St. Petersburg have been greatly concerned with weights and measures recently. It’s an effort to quantify the horror of the ongoing red tide algae bloom by recounting the staggering amount of the sea life that has turned up dead: 500 tons! Three million pounds! 1,711 tons! And […]

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Hiding Piney Point toxic waste underground may give us a taste of super-nasty water

BY: - April 15, 2021

On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis held a press conference at Piney Point, the old phosphate processing plant near Tampa Bay. Only a week earlier, Piney Point was making international headlines for being the source of a potential toxic waste disaster — not for the first time. Now the crisis had been averted, and DeSantis didn’t […]

Gov. DeSantis announces ‘last chapter’ for Piney Point, promises legal consequences for the eco-disaster site’s owner

BY: - April 13, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday declared the ecological emergency ended at the old Piney Point fertilizer plant in Manatee County, which forced release of hundreds of millions of gallons of polluted water, and announced plans to permanently close the facility. “We want this to be the last chapter of the Piney Point story,” the governor […]

Tampa Bay senator calls on Attorney General to hold Piney Point owner liable for water-pollution disaster

BY: - April 12, 2021

Following a nerve-racking weekend of rainy weather, Tampa Bay-area Sen. Janet Cruz called on Attorney General Ashley Moody Monday to take legal action against the owner of the leaky Piney Point Plant reservoirs threatening to spill millions of gallons of polluted water in waterways and communities. In an update Sunday, the Florida Department of Environmental […]

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Piney Point threatens Tampa Bay, but other FL estuaries are in trouble, too

BY: - April 6, 2021

Even if you live outside of Florida, you’ve probably heard of Tampa Bay. It’s a popular, if if somewhat vague, sports team “location.” The Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Stanley Cup-winning Tampa Bay Lightning play in Tampa, but the World Series also-ran Tampa Bay Rays play in St. Petersburg (at least for now). […]

Gov. DeSantis promises to hold leaking phosphogypsum stack’s owner responsible for any damage caused by its failure

BY: - April 4, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis took an aerial view on Easter Sunday of the situation at an old phosphate facility that’s at risk of catastrophic collapse and said the state would hold the owners responsible for any damage to the environment or nearby homes and businesses from any discharge of polluted water. “While our foremost concern is […]