An Historical Perspective on the Economic and Environmental Impacts of the Phosphate Industry on the Tampa Bay Region

EPA Grant Number: X832302C005
Subproject: this is subproject number 005 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant X832302
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: Center for Science and Policy Applications for Coastal Environments (C–SPACE)
Center Director: D'Elia, Christopher F
Title: An Historical Perspective on the Economic and Environmental Impacts of the Phosphate Industry on the Tampa Bay Region
Investigators: Criss, Antoinette , Krest, Jim
Institution: University of South Florida
EPA Project Officer: Carleton, James N
Project Period: September 1, 2005 through August 31, 2008
RFA: Targeted Research Center (2004) Recipients Lists
Research Category: Hazardous Waste/Remediation , Targeted Research

Objective:

Preliminary information suggests positive economic impacts on the state of Florida and the Tampa Bay region, although regional impacts are largely inferred from state data. However, because the phosphate industry is dependent upon a mined resource whose stocks are being diminished, the future of the industry is limited by the economic viability of continued extraction of this resource. Significant consolidation and vertical integration (with fertilizer producers) of the industry has taken place, suggesting that the industry is preparing itself for its decline. Dissolution of the Florida Phosphate Council, the lobbying group for the industry, is also consistent with the decline of the industry. While environmental concerns have been raised and addressed with respect to the industry, these do not seem to be instrumental in the decline of the industry.

Supplemental Keywords:

water, watersheds, groundwater, land, soil, marine, estuary, chemicals, toxics, PCB, heavy metals, ecosystem, restoration, terrestrial, aquatic, habitat, innovative technology, remediation, restoration, public policy, decision making, modeling, monitoring, analytical, remote sensing, Florida, FL, EPA Region 4, social science, Florida (FL), Phosphate rock mining (SIC 1475), water, orthophosphate, total phosphorus, Tampa Bay, Bishops Harbor, Cockroach Bay, sediment, pore water.,

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2006 Progress Report
  • 2007
  • Final

  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    X832302    Center for Science and Policy Applications for Coastal Environments (C–SPACE)

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    X832302C001 Past and Present Water Quality in Florida Coastal Waters
    X832302C002 Cyanobacteria Proliferation and Eutrophication in Florida Lakes
    X832302C003 Reactive Metal Particle Emulsions for Removal of PCBs
    X832302C004 The Social and Environmental Dimensions of Xeriscaping: A Pathway for Ameliorating Coastal Environments
    X832302C005 An Historical Perspective on the Economic and Environmental Impacts of the Phosphate Industry on the Tampa Bay Region
    X832302C006 Interfacing SWAT and PHABSIM: A Potential GIS-based Water Resource Management Tool
    X832302C007 Acquisition of Counters for Gamma-Emitting Radioisotopes
    X832302C008 Guided Surface Vehicles
    X832302C009 Science Journalism
    X832302C010 Administration and Outreach