Governor Ron DeSantis said the state will allocate millions of dollars so the Florida Department of Environmental Protection can permanently close Piney Point.
DeSantis announced on Tuesday that $15.4 million will be redirected from existing appropriations to be used for "innovative technologies to pretreat water at the site for nutrients."
- Company that owns former Piney Point phosphate mine filed bankruptcy, sued by bank
- Florida House lawmakers review Piney Point crisis
- Manatee Co. water safe to drink despite some discoloration caused by recent treatments, officials say
- Scientists studying potential effects on Tampa Bay from Piney Point discharge
DeSantis said this is to mitigate adverse environmental impacts if more controlled discharges are needed in the future.
"We want this to be the last chapter of the Piney Point story," DeSantis said.
DeSantis directed DEP to "fully investigate" the incident at Piney Point and take any and all legal action to hold HRK fully accountable.