The Mosaic Company announced last week it has acquired the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 404 permit for a phosphate mine project in Hardee County, Florida.
The permit was the final approval needed for the project that opens 160.2 million tons of phosphate rock for future mining Southeast of Tampa, Florida. The overall project covers 22,400 acres with 16,700 acres of land permitted for mining.
Permitting efforts for the project began in 2011. Mining permits from the State of Florida were issued in 2015 and local government permits were secured in July 2018.
The Mosaic Company, a producer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients, is self-described as a single-source provider of phosphate and potash fertilizers and feed ingredients for the global agriculture industry.