'It is slightly acidic, but not at a level that is expected to be a concern, nor is it expected to be toxic'.
Since the initial discovery, the site has been leaking 22,000 gallons a minute, said acting County Administrator Scott Hopes.
The wastewater in the other ponds would need to be treated to reduce ammonium content and other materials. We saw ducks yesterday, there are snooks swimming in there.
He said a portion of the containment wall at the leak site had shifted laterally, and on-site engineers deemed the situation to be escalating, and all command staff and residents were told to evacuate.
There are two other wastewater holding ponds in the area, but officials said neither was in immediate danger of bursting Saturday. Pumping the entire pond would take 10 to 12 days.
Water flows from a tube.
Parts of US-41 have also been closed due to the breach. DeSantis' declaration of a state of emergency allocates more pumps and cranes to the area.
By leaking into Tampa Bay, which has already occurred and will increase with a full collapse, the excess nutrients could cause algal blooms, which lead to red tide, environmentalists warn.
"The pond is basically salt water". "So when we look at the risk factor, the risk factor is really a potential release of almost a billion gallons". In response, authorities discharged more contaminated water into the bay in "controlled" bursts to try to stabilize the leaking gypsum stack.
The site has always been considered 'one of the biggest environmental threats in Florida history, ' according to the Florida Phoenix.
Since then, HRK has "been in and out of bankruptcy" itself, the Florida Phoenix reported.
"There have been numerous, well-documented failures - which continue today - of the property's reservoir liner, including leaks, poor welds, holes, cracks, and weaknesses that existed prior to purchase by the current owner, HRK Holdings, and exacerbated since", she writes.
There are 27 gypsum stacks across Florida, WFLA reported. The wastewater stored in the gypsum stacks can't be seen from the ground as the piles surrounding the structure can go as high as 150m.