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Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Neutralizing Accidental Spills of Acidic Waste Water from Holding Ponds

01-155-160Final

Abstract

This study was done to develop a generic plan to treat an accidental multi-million gallon spill of less than 2 pH water from an active phosphate complex into a central Florida fresh water tributary. The effects on the environment resulting from a spill of low pH water can be reduced by prompt neutralization of the spill.  This study has resulted in the general outline of an industry-wide plan of action. The plan outlines how to treat a large accidental spill of acidic water with hydrated lime in time to significantly increase the pH of the water within the first 36 hours of the spill. The plan will require cooperation from all phosphate complexes in central Florida in conjunction with the lime supplier, Chemical Lime Company, and the trucking company, Commercial Carrier Corporation.