By Dr. Mercola
Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC is one of the world’s largest phosphate mining and fertilizer companies. ;In October 2015, the company agreed to a $2-billion settlement with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection over a 10-year battle over hazardous waste disposal.
The EPA accused Mosaic of improper storage and disposal of waste from the production of phosphoric and sulfuric acids, key components of fertilizers, at the company’s facilities in Louisiana and Florida. The Tampa Bay Times reported:1
“The EPA said it had discovered Mosaic employees were mixing highly corrosive substances from its fertilizer operations with the solid waste and wastewater from mineral processing, in violation of federal and state hazardous waste laws.”
The EPA further noted:2
“The 60 billion pounds of hazardous waste addressed in this case is the largest amount ever covered by a federal or state. . . settlement and will ensure that wastewater at Mosaic’s facilities is properly managed and does not pose a threat to groundwater resources.”
It is ironic that the EPA acknowledges the threat posed to groundwater by Mosaic’s hazardous waste disposal because one of the chemicals classified as hazardous waste is fluorosilicic acid, another waste product of their fertilizer production.
Mosaic is one of the largest sellers of fluorosilicic acid, which is widely used by public drinking water systems across the US to fluoridate water supplies. More than 200 million Americans drink these wastes every day, according to the Fluoride Action Network (FAN).3
If You Drink Fluoridated Water, You’re Likely Drinking Mosaic’s Hazardous Fertilizer Waste
While pharmaceutical-grade fluoride is a harmful-enough drug, this is not the type of fluoride being added to drinking water. If it was, at least then it would be a pure, uncontaminated
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