Radioactive Roads in Florida?

May 9, 2023 – Roads in Florida could soon include phosphogypsum – a radioactive waste material from the fertilizer industry – under a bill passed by Florida lawmakers. HB 1191 would compel the Florida Transportation Department to study using phosphogypsum in paving projects, calling for “demonstration projects using phosphogypsum in road construction aggregate material to determine its feasibility as a paving material.” Conservation groups are arguing against the bill saying phosphogypsum would hurt water quality and put road construction crews at a higher risk of cancer. Read the full report from NPR. 

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