MULBERRY, Fla. - Governor Rick Scott told reporters Tuesday morning the current law needs to change to let the public know immediately when something like a sinkhole opens up, flushing millions of gallons of toxic water into the aquifer.
Governor Scott arrived at Mosaic’s New Wales facility to get a briefing with Mosaic, DEP and EPA officials. He also got an aerial tour of the sinkhole and the work being done to monitor the flow of the toxic water.
“We clearly had a law with regard to public notification that didn’t make sense. There’s no common sense to this and when we have pollution, whether its a company, a city or a county, we have to notify people because it’s the right thing to do,” Governor Scott told reporters.
The governor’s office announced on Monday that it notified the FDEP of a new emergency rule that requires the public to be notified within 24 hours of potential pollution, like the sinkhole on Mosaic’s property.
He wouldn’t say if DEP officials did wrong by not telling the public.
“DEP followed the existing law. The law is outdated. Bottom line is the law is outdated. There should have been public notification,” he said.
It appears Mosaic engineers got the point.
“We learned our lesson,” said David Jellerson, Senior Director of Environmental and Phosphate Projects for Mosaic.