Plan For Clear Springs Phosphate Recovery Topic Thursday Night

A proposal to reprocess waste piles at the former Clear Springs mine in Bartow to extract phosphate from them will be the topic of a talk at Thursday’s meeting of Ancient Islands Sierra Club at Circle B Bar Reserve.

Speaking at 7 p.m. will be Lance Mc Neill, owner of Mineral Development LLC, who first proposed the project in 2016 using what he says is a new patented process.

This reflects the results of research to improve methods for recovering phosphate from low-grade sources to meet commercial demand for fertilizer.

His talk will preceded by a brief presentation on the planned Sept. 26 launch of the Polk solar co-operative. The launch presentation is planned to occur at 10 a.m. in the County Commission chambers in Bartow. This is part of an effort to encourage homeowners to install more solar energy equipment to reduce their carbon footprints.

That will occur during the covered-dish supper portion of the gathering, which will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting is open to the public .