MULBERRY (FOX 13) - Two new players have jumped into the Mosaic mess. Legal powerhouse Morgan & Morgan has filed a class action suit against Mosaic, and on Friday, the feds got involved, too.
A representative of the Department of Environmental Protection arrived at the site to size up the situation less than 24 hours after the lawsuit was made public.
"The enormity of this problem is mind numbing," said John Yanchunis, the attorney handling the lawsuit. "We have now retained a series of experts who are now crunching numbers and digging into the science of how extensive and what effect this contamination of the aquifer will have on consumers."
More that 100 residents signed onto the the lawsuit as soon as they found out about it.
The suit blames Mosaic for allowing the contaminated water to seep into the drinking water supply and not notifying residents quickly enough. Three weeks passed before Mosaic or the Florida Department of Environmental Protection made the news of the incident public.
The suit also wants Mosaic to continue providing clean water and pay for medical check ups for people who live in the area until experts say they are in the clear. It also wants the company to pay residents if their property values drop.
"I am not going to be able to give this place away," said Bill Cross, who lives about half a mile away from the plant.
Morgan & Morgan is not the only party that is keeping a close watch on the situation. On Friday, a representative of the EPA checked out the area near the sinkhole, reviewed water testing procedures and discussed the location of four new wells. The wells are being installed to hopefully pull the contaminated water out of the aquifer.