The state of Florida has some of the nation’s most rigorous standards related to environmental protection. Its gypstack regulations are used as a template for environmental best practices across the industry.
Protecting the environment is a core value at Mosaic, and we have over 100 full-time professionals dedicated to addressing environmental regulatory requirements in Florida. The state’s rigorous standards are also evaluated routinely through agency inspections of our operations — an average of 260 on-site inspections each year, which equates to approximately one inspection per week.
Water is one of our most precious natural resources. Good water quality and water conservation practices continue to be fundamental to Mosaic’s Florida operations. We follow strict guidelines, including the following, to ensure this resource is protected:
- Stringent water quality standards apply for all water discharged from Mosaic property through permitted outfalls.
- Extensive groundwater quality monitoring networks operated by Mosaic evaluate compliance with relevant groundwater quality standards.
- 90 percent of water used at Mosaic facilities is recycled or reused. Mosaic constantly seeks ways to reduce groundwater usage, and this includes having a water conservation plan specified in the Integrated Water Use Permit (IWUP). Groundwater use by the industry was a focus of the Phosphate Industry AEIS (2013). Mosaic has targeted an additional 10 percent reduction by the year 2020, and we report our progress annually.
Florida’s phosphogypsum stack (also known as a gypstack) regulations are the most stringent and well developed in the country. Regulations have been implemented since 1993 to prescribe standards for the design, construction, operation, inspection, closure, long-term care and financial assurance for gypstacks.
Additionally, federal regulations require that phosphogypsum be managed in gypstacks due to the presence of naturally occurring radioactive material in phosphate ore.