"The waste is placed in large piles hundreds of feet high covering hundreds of acres located near the fertilizer plants contain toxic and radioactive elements and highly acidic water. EPA officials consider them some of the largest manmade waste piles in the country.
If the waste is not handled properly, it can pollute surface and ground water, which has occurred a number of times over the years.
They include acid spills that affected the Alafia River in 2004 and 1997 and a 2004 acid spill that affected a tributary of the Peace River.
In addition, a sinkhole opened beneath an unlined stack at Mosaic's New Wales plant in 1994, threatening underground water quality."
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