Millions of gallons of contaminated water flowing into Florida sinkhole

Millions of gallons of contaminated water are flowing into a massive sinkhole in central Florida.

The sinkhole at a fertilizer plant opened in August.

According to the company, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection was notified immediately and has been on site every day since it was discovered on Aug. 27.

The large sinkhole is open beneath a gypsum stack and the water is flowing into an aquifer.

The water is slightly radioactive and contains phosphoric acid.

The company said it has a large recovery well close by that is pulling contaminated water out of the aquifer and pushing it back into the plant where it will be used to process fertilizer.

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