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Florida approves controversial Piney Point project, Manatee County

Florida signs off on controversial Piney Point project in Manatee County

TALLAHASSEE — Florida environmental regulators granted a permit Thursday to a controversial project that involves the injection of wastewater from an old phosphate plant into groundwater.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has announced that it has issued the permit to Manatee County to construct an injection well at Piney Point. This was a long-awaited move. After massive amounts of polluted waters were released to prevent a catastrophe, the site attracted widespread attention and $100 million from state officials.

Related:Proposed phosphate mine in DeSoto County raises concerns for environmentalists

The injection well project is one of the critical elements of the water disposal process that will allow the Piney Point facility to be permanently closed.

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