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Florida Governor Going to Manatee County Amid Piney Point Leak, Emergency Declared

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Florida Governor Ronald DeSantis will be traveling to Manatee County where a former phosphate mine is leaking contaminated water into the Gulf of Mexico.

“Tomorrow morning I’ll be traveling to Manatee County … to meet with local officials regarding Piney Point. All residents impacted should heed local evacuation orders,” DeSantis wrote on Twitter on Saturday night.

Earlier in the day, the governor announced a state of emergency after a break was detected in the wall of a large pond at the Piney Point plant.

The pond has already discharged over 25 million gallons of sewage into Port Manatee, but the phosphogypsum stacks could collapse further, which could cause major flooding of nearby areas and spilling into the bay.

Manatee County Commission Chairman Vanessa Baugh said in a Saturday statement that a complete evacuation of the Piney Point reservoir site and surrounding areas had been ordered.

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