Florida Gov. DeSantis provides update on Piney Point wastewater leak

More than 200 million gallons of contaminated water dumped into Tampa Bay

A leak at a wastewater pond at old Piney Point phosphate mine off of U.S. 41 in Manatee County prompted a state of emergency.
A leak at a wastewater pond at old Piney Point phosphate mine off of U.S. 41 in Manatee County prompted a state of emergency. (Photo by Rebecca Petit via WFTS-TV)

PALMETTO, Fla. – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will hold a news conference Tuesday in Manatee County to provide an update on wastewater discharges from the old Piney Point fertilizer plant.

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More than 200 million gallons of contaminated water has been dumped into Tampa Bay, but crews over the weekend used a steel plate to essentially stop the leak.

It’s not known what kind of fallout will take place due to the discharge.