The DeSoto County Commission Tuesday was scheduled to consider an ordinance that would specifically ban gypsum stacks.
This appears to be a largely symbolic gesture since Mosaic, which is planning to mine thousands of acres in that county, has no plans to build a fertilizer plant there. Fertilizer production at these plants generates waste known as phosphogypsum because it contains, in addition gypsum, a variety of radioactive and toxic elements.
A similar arrangement to allow mining but no gypsum stacks occurred when Mosaic announced plans to mine phosphate in western Hardee County several years ago.
Hardee, which has no natural lakes, also developed a county park around some of the former mine pits to expand boating and fishing opportunities there.
The proposed DeSoto County ordinance also seems to envision using mined land for future recreational amenities. DeSoto has no natural lakes.