October 11, 2016 Report
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October 11, 2016 Report

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October 11, 2016 Report

Remediation Plan Update

The recovery well is performing as expected and is capturing the process water lost as a result of the sinkhole. Its effectiveness is verified by the 438 offsite water well tests which all have returned results that confirm no offsite impact has occurred.

Mosaic completed a survey of the sinkhole cavity using LiDAR and other assessment tools. LiDAR is a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure distances. Once the final analysis of the survey data is complete, the company will have a good understanding of the sinkhole dimensions, which will shape its approach to remediating the sinkhole. That is the company’s top priority.

Mosaic has developed a conceptual plan to do just that, as safely and as quickly as possible. In support of that, the company will use advanced engineering, innovative technologies and specialty contractors to complete the project.

Before executing the remedial measures, there are a host of steps Mosaic must take, including establishing a safe working perimeter, preparing the gypstack surface for heavy equipment use and finalizing the remedial plan. Mosaic will advance those efforts as quickly as possible and do so subject to FDEP’s continuing oversight.

Following the completion of all needed preparations, Mosaic will drill borings from the safe zone to the base of the sinkhole. It will use those borings to inject a concrete-like substance called grout into the cavity at high pressure. Application of the grout will seal the sinkhole base.

Mosaic will share more details of its remedial approach in the coming days, including an estimated timeline to complete each necessary step.

Mosaic's Commitment to Florida

Our 4,000 employees don't just work for Mosaic, they live in these communities, too. Hear Mosaic SVP of Phosphates Walt Precourt share our commitment to Florida in the video below:

Daily Well Testing Update

As of today, Mosaic has received 1,021 well water test requests. Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT) is prioritizing testing based on neighbor’s proximity to the New Wales facility. Neighbors who have requested an alternative means of testing are encouraged to receive a water test at no cost from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).

Testing and Bottled Water Requests as of October 11, 2016

As of 12:00 pm

Scheduled 3rd party well tests 1,021
Site visits/samples taken 561
Expected site visits today* 36
Requests for bottled water 644

*Plans could change based on residents’ availability or inclement weather.