A large sinkhole opened up under a gypsum stack at a Mosaic fertilizer plant in Mulberry, a company spokesperson has confirmed.
Callie Neslund, Communications Specialist for Public Affairs for Mosaic, said workers noticed Aug. 27 that the level of water on top of one of the stacks at the New Wales phosphate fertilizer manufacturing plant was dropping.
The water, which was reprocessed from the manufacturing process, was stored on top of gypsum stacks, Neslund said.
When the decline was noticed, the company began diverting water out. A few days later, they noticed the actual sinkhole as the water level went down.
All the water has been taken off the stack, and efforts are underway to recover the water from the sinkhole, Neslund said.
About 215 million gallons of water were displaced by the hole.
Environmental officials are monitoring the situation.
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