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04/06/2008

Hardee County Commission and Planning Board Meeting

On April 17th at 6:00 p.m. the Hardee County Commission and Planning Board will consider the permit for yet another phosphate mine in our county and the Peace River watershed. The Hardee County Commission chambers is located at 412 W. Orange St. in Wauchula, Florida. The full length of the South Fort Meade Mine/Hardee County runs along the east bank of the Peace River from Bowling Green to the county landfill site. Of the 7750 acres that Mosaic is actually seeking to mine, about 550 acres are in the wetlands of Little Charley Creek, Dale Branch, Parker Branch, and various unnamed tributaries; all of them, of course, flow into the Peace River. Mosaic is asking for permission to build 6 dragline crossings in those wetlands and 3 clay slime impoundments (CSA’s) that total 1500 acres.

People for Protecting Peace River, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation (“3PR”) has been following the course of this mine application as it makes its way through levels of review. Please contact Dennis Mader for additional information. (giribaba@cyberstreet.com 863-494-4687).

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