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US: State of emergency declared in Florida after a leak from the large pond of toxic

State of emergency was declared in Florida after a leak from the large pond of toxic wastewater in Tampa Bay.

Over 300 buildings in the area were order to vacate the area, and a motorway near the piney point reservoir has been closed off.

The pond where the leak was found, was in a stack of phosphogypsum, a radioactive waste product from the manufacture of fertilizer.

According to officials “77 -acre reservoir holds millions of gallons of water containing phosphorus and nitrogen from an old phosphate plant”.

An attempts were made to repair the leak late Friday by plugging the hole with rocks but was unsuccessful.

Residents were sent a text alert, telling them to leave the area immediately.

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