Fun Fact: Did you know that according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, “There are 27 phosphate mines in Florida…. 9 mines are currently active, 9 mines are 100% reclaimed and released from the reclamation obligations, and the remaining mines are either not started or are shut down?” These phosphate mines occur primarily in the central Florida areas of Polk, Hillsborough, Manatee, and Hardee counties, and covers approximately 1.3 million acres of land known as the “Bone Valley”
We here at Safety Solutions and Supply also want you to know that in order to start construction on a new mine, you’ll need the necessary federal, state and local approvals. In addition, your Environmental Resource Permits (ERP) and Wetland Resource Permits will need to be reviewed by the Mining and Mitigation Program. This permit governs the construction, alteration, operation, maintenance, repair, abandonment and removal of stormwater management systems, including dams, impoundments, reservoirs, and appurtenant works.
You’ll also need to see the Phosphate Management Program which implements industrial wastewater, permitting, compliance, and enforcement activities. This program regulates the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of phosphogypsum stack systems.
If you work in the Phosphate industry and want to learn more about the rules, regulations, and permits required, visit us online to learn more about our phosphate safety training classes. All of our programs are custom developed and updated routinely to ensure the highest quality message is provided for you and your employees. If you have any other questions, feel free to visit us online Safety Solutions and Supply, check out our training services, or give us a call here at 866-537-2262.