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Rep. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton. Credit: Florida House of Representatives Sen. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton.

With work continuing to prevent a potentially catastrophic collapse of a reservoir wall, the Florida Senate will consider a budget amendment to spend as much as $200 million to clean up the site of a former phosphate plant in Manatee County.

Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, and Sen. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, said early Monday evening that the money would be used to clean up and close hazardous phosphogypsum stacks, a byproduct of phosphate production, at the Piney Point site.

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