Timeline

  • October 2006 | Charlotte County representatives filed comments to FDEP. This included a note commending the FDEP for recent improvements in the phosphate mining permitting process and recognizing that the application is a significant improvement over prior phosphate mining permits.
  • August 2008 | Lee County challenged the FDEP’s approval of the permit, filing for a formal administrative challenge. Sarasota County joined as an intervenor in September 2008.
  • November 2008 | A two-week hearing was held by the Division of Administrative Hearings in Tallahassee.
  • December 2008 | After evaluating extensive scientific expert testimony from both sides, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) recommended approval of Mosaic’s applications for the ERP, CRP and two variances. Based on factual evidence, he found that Mosaic’s proposed mining will not adversely affect water quality and quantity in the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor.
  • February 2009 | The FDEP issued its Final Order adopting the ALJ’s Recommended Order and issued the permits.
  • February 2009 | Lee County filed an appeal.
  • March 2010 | Lee County’s appeal was denied.
  • July 2010 | U.S. District Judge Henry Lee Adams Jr. issued an injunction “in part” against operations at the South Fort Meade Extension site, in response to a motion filed by the Sierra Club, Manasota-88, and People for Protecting the Peace River.
  • August 2010 | Mosaic filed an appeal of the Court’s decision restricting its phosphate mining operations on the site.
  • November 2010 | District Court approved partial agreement between Mosaic and the Sierra club for mining on a limited portion of the property while appeal of the preliminary injunction was heard.
  • April 2011 | U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the preliminary injunction and remanded the case to the District Court.  Mosaic filed a notice in U.S. District Court stating our intention to begin uplands mining in the next phase of the South Fort Meade Hardee County Extension.
  • May 2011 | Mosaic filed a Motion for Summary Judgment and Opposition to the Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment.
  • July 2011 | U.S. District Judge Henry Lee Adams Jr. issued another Preliminary Injunction temporarily halting all mining on the Hardee County extension of our South Fort Meade mine. Mosaic appealed the District Court’ injunction, and filed a Motion for Stay of the Preliminary Injunction while the appeal is pending. Mosaic also filed a Motion to Enforce the Mandate with the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • August 2011 | Mosaic files a “Notice of Renewing Motion to Expedite Ruling on Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC’s Motion for Limited Stay of Preliminary Injunction Pending Appeal” with the District Court.
  • August 2011 | Plaintiffs file a response to Mosaic’s Motion for Stay Pending Appeal in the Eleventh Circuit Court.
  • October 2011 | The Appellate Court denies Mosaic’s motion for a stay without prejudice and states that Mosaic can resubmit the motion in 30 days if the lower court fails to rule by a November deadline. Mosaic’s order for an expedited appeal was also granted.
  • November 2011 | Mosaic re-files the motion for stay with the court of appeals after District Court judge fails to rule on the motion for a limited stay.
  • January 2012 | Judge Adams/District Court denies Mosaic’s motion for a limited stay. Mosaic awaits action from the Eleventh Circuit where a similar motion had already been filed.
  • February 2012 | Mosaic announces a settlement of South Fort Meade Phosphate Mine litigation.
  • March 2012 | The Federal District Court in Jacksonville approved the settlement agreement in the litigation challenging Mosaic’s federal permit to mine the Hardee County extension of our South Fort Meade mine.
  • April 2012 | Mining in Hardee County began again.