Acid waste, water could be next Superfund site on Coast


What should be done about the 732 million gallons of acid water and the mountains of waste that create them just east of Pascagoula? That was the topic of an Environmental Protection Agency meeting Thursday night.

Acidic gypsum, a byproduct from an environmentally troubled and failed fertilizer plant, is stacked 100 feet high, creating lakes on top and ponds around the base that are holding that much acid water.

For perspective, that’s more than five times the amount of crude oil that gushed into the Gulf of Mexico from Deepwater Horizon in 2010.