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First International Conference on

Mining Impacts to the Human and Natural Environment

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Compendium of Mining issues entry page

(new May 15, 2008)



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Below are additional related resources for speakers and attendees who are looking forward to sharing skills and stories.

Please contact each other, and expand this citizen advocacy network so we can more effectively engage and educate

each other and our elected representatives.  Thanks


Charlotte, Manatee, Sarasota  and North --Phosphate and Rock

EAA and East Coast

SW Florida- Lee, Hendry, Collier
Issues with reservoirs for water storage- from former EPA scientist (2005) Indian River County Mining Moratorium materials including presentations (by Bacchus and Staff)


Phosphate mine permits hits speed bump at 90 mph (Wauchula, April 29, 2008)    

One Last Big Push for Phosphate Mining (by Cynthia Barnett   Florida Trend May, 2008)

South-central Florida's landscape will be shaped in large part by a company many residents have never heard of. Mosiac is the only big player left in Florida's phosphate industry, and it controls more than 300,000 acres.

April 28, 2008 update on Zoning changes from Matthew Schwarz-

EAA Mining Report Permit Process (From Palm Beach Water Resource Manager, Sept 2007)

Potential for pollution from mines concerns Lee Officials (Naples News May, 2008)


Is phosphate institute biased?

phosphate mining as a temporary land use

Sun-Herald article by Greg Martin

Environmentalists see little benefit in mining research

This is the first installment of a three-part story on the Florida Institute of Phosphate Research. 04/08/08


Miners get OK to build in West Palm Beach County (Palm Beach Post, April 24, 2008)

View the DR/GR presentation from Dover/Kohl to  Lee County  (April 24. 2008)

Phosphate mine closer to approval

Manatee commissioners vote in favor of order to let Mosaic mine Altman Tract

Published Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 4:30 a.m.

has a daily list of statewide news clips on Florida's environmental issues, plus a Blog on which you can share your thoughts about current environmental issues and much more. 



Subject: Fw: Environmental Radiation

Date: Apr 2, 2008 6:26 PM

Phosphate Mining

Florida has several large phosphate deposits that have been mined since the

turn of the century. These deposits contain varying concentrations of

uranium and thorium. Although generally the radiation dose received from

these concentrations is insignificant, the dose can become significant if

the concentration increases through mining the ore, if the radionuclides

dissolve in drinking water, or if they build up in structures on the

deposits. To monitor this situation, the department takes soil, air, and

water samples from the land both before and after the mining occurs and

measures the radiation levels.
 is the website of Withlacoochee Area Residents, Inc. which concentrates on the threat that the  installation of a huge lime rock mining operation a few miles north of Inglis, Florida  poses to the community.



Palm Beach commissioners in favor of rock mining expansion

(Miami Herald, Apr. 04, 2008)


guided tour of the Peace River Basin (Apr 16, 2008)- read about the circuitous route to find information Important - Mining Impact questions being raised by county staff in Indian River County summit 2008 Invitation to participate in Lee County's DR/GR Planning sessions

(April 16, 17, 22 and 24)


R=Water - Citizens against DRI 263

(Hillsborough County)

click here for their story 

Palm Beach County citizens trying to protect resources- a loss and opportunity

(April, 2008)



Lee County's DR/GR website for ad hoc committee 2008



Sue Reske, Chair

Greater Charlotte Harbor Group Sierra Club


Broward Sierra Club-

EAA mining papers and M. Schwartz explanation


HEX report suggesting denial of new Mine on Corkscrew road (Lee County April 4, 2008)

brief summary of report and ruckus caused by expert witness brought in by residents


Putnam County–Rob Brinkman, the Suwanee-St. Johns Group of the Florida Chapter of the Sierra Club

Hoevler's 3/22/06 ruling goes into grave

detail over the attempts by the mining industry and regulatory agencies to

cover up or ignore the role of mine blasting in the benzene contamination of

the municipal well field.


Attached are the pdf files (pages 1-50 etc) of the judge's initial ruling.  

Part 1 pages 1-50

Part 2 pages 51-100

part 3 pages 101-150

part 4 pages 151- end


Lee County – Peggy Apgar-Schmidt & Kevin Hill, Corkscrew Road Rural Community 
Manatee and Sarasota Counties – Glenn Compton, ManaSota-88

website maintained by ManaSota-88

EAA MINING SUMMIT- hear the entire summit and

read newspaper stories - provided by Matt Schwarz

read Judge Hoevler's findings regarding benzene intrusion into drinking water.

Map of existing an proposed mines in the EAA


Brooks Concerned Citizens - Nick Batos

advocacy website - sign up for e-mail notices and e-action alerts

Gulf Coast – Joe Murphy, Gulf Restoration Network Tom Warnke, Surfrider Foundation

"Position Statement on Coastal Armoring"


Responsible Growth Management Coalition


 Here is a story about sand mining and Gulf Sturgeon in Walton County (March 17, 2008) Here are some details about Hoevler's ruling in Miami-Dade County-- Letter to editor regarding unsupported claims for mine pits acting as reservoirs
 Florida Chapter of Sierra Club Fighting mining because of Benzene contamination of potable water- (in Georgia)

Part One: Toxin Agency Looks the Other Way

Date: Mar 14, 2008 12:36 AM

Hope for Clean water- a story about limerock mining in Levy county- Tarmac (March 24, 2008) and the Bennett pre-emption bill 2 rock mines in west Palm Beach County win key endorsements
By Andy Reid | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
    10:42 PM EDT, April 3, 2008

Jim Chen  P.G.
SDII Global Corporation
4509 George Road, Tampa, F 33634, USA
Office: 813-496-9634
Fax: 813-496-9664

Amanda Dominguez
Sarasota County Water Resources
1001 Sarasota Center Blvd
Sarasota Fl 34240-7850
Office: (941) 861-0894

Sue Reske, Chair

Greater Charlotte Harbor Group Sierra Club


Session Moderator – Nora Demers, Ph. D., Florida Gulf Coast University




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