US: Florida declares state of emergency over potential flood of toxic wastewater

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency after a leak at an old phosphate plant pond in the Tampa Bay area that could potentially lead to a radioactive flood.

According to the latest news reports, residents living near the reservoir received an alert telling them to leave the area immediately owing to an “imminent” collapse.

The 77-acre reservoir reportedly contains millions of gallons of water with phosphorous and nitrogen from a phosphate plant and the pond where the leak was noticed is in a stack of phosphogypsum (a type of radioactive waste)

Meanwhile, authorities are working round the clock to pump out as much water as possible in order to reduce the effect of the potential flood.