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Florida Matters: The Phosphate Industry

Phosphate mining and production takes a heavy toll on the state's environment. But the industry also plays a key role in Florida's economy. This week on Florida Matters we’re exploring what phosphate contributes to the state, and at what price.

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Credit Stephanie Colombini / WUSF
Florida Matters' Robin Sussingham (left); Tip Fowler, CEO of JDC Phosphate; Bill Lambert, Hardee County Economic Development Director; Dr. Steven Richardson, Reclamation Research Director with the Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute.

Our guests include: 

I cover health care for WUSF and the statewide journalism collaborative Health News Florida. I’m passionate about highlighting community efforts to improve the quality of care in our state and make it more accessible to all Floridians. I’m also committed to holding those in power accountable when they fail to prioritize the health needs of the people they serve.
Robin is Senior Editor at WUSF, spearheading the station's podcasting initiatives and helping to guide the vision for special reporting projects and creative storytelling. She created The Zest, the station's podcast that's all about food, which she continues to host and serve as senior producer.