Breaking: Officials have declared a state of emergency in Manatee County, Florida, due to a significant leak at a large reservoir of wastewater.

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How radioactive is that stuff? Like a nuke plant? That's what really got my attention.
"At a press conference Sunday morning, DeSantis said officials are pumping out 33 million gallons of water a day from the pond, and that the water "is not radioactive," although another official added that the water is "not water we want to see leaving the site." The primary concern, DeSantis said, is the nutrient makeup of the water, which contains metals. Reports on water samples should be available in the coming days." - https://www.cbsnews.com/news/florida-state-of-emergency-wastewater-leak/
 

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DEFCON Staff
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Thank you. How radioactive is that stuff? Like a nuke plant? That's what really got my attention.
No. Radiation from nuclear power plants involves highly radioactive isotopes with extremely long half lives. The radiation from the pond in Florida involves naturally occurring radium and uranium, as well as radon gas. These are produced by phosphogypsum, a manufacturing waste byproduct when making fertilizer. The amounts of radioactive material are very small and not lethal. However, that doesn't mean that its release into the surrounding groundwater would be healthy or good for the environment.
 
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