Florida lawmakers are preparing to pass legislation that would allow a toxic, radioactive substance to be used in the paving of roads across the state. This material has already been banned by the federal government because of how bad it is for human beings to be around. Mike Papantonio & Farron Cousins discuss more.
*This transcript was generated by a third-party transcription software company, so please excuse any typos.
Mike Papantonio: Florida lawmakers are preparing to pass legislation that would allow a toxic radioactive substance to be used in paving the roads across the state. This material has already been banned by the federal government because of how bad it is for human beings. Okay. Let’s talk about how bad it is right off the bat. How about this? It’s radioactive. How about it’s got radon in it. It’s got uranium in it. This is what our legislators say, hey, let’s use this to pave roads. Almost can’t even, almost can’t even say that without laughing. Go ahead.
Farron Cousins: I mean, this really does seem like something you would see in like a bad kid’s cartoon. The bad guy wants to put the radioactive waste into the roads and you’re like, all right, that’s a little too farfetched. But that is exactly what Republicans in Florida are trying to do. Let’s use the phosphogypsum that even the defunct and horrible EPA says, you can’t do this. Let’s do it anyway. And put it in the roads that travel every inch of this state so that every time it rains, the rainwater picks up the radioactive material, floods it off into the waterways, into the aquifers, into the crops. Let’s kill the whole state, is what they’re saying.
Mike Papantonio: Yeah. That’s what people are missing. You understand, it’s a road. Okay. It rains, it storms.
Farron Cousins: A lot.
Mike Papantonio: The radioactivity moves into the aquifer. The aquifer moves into our drinking water. This is a, you know what this is, this is a payoff to the phosphate industry. Because they’ve got 800 acres and dozens of places all over this Florida where they have this toxin stacked up like mountains. So this is the payoff because, you know, DeSantis is running for president. They’re gonna give him a lot of money. Says he says, hey, let’s think about putting it in roads. What a crazy. Even China, China turned this down. China said, hell no, we’re not gonna do that. They did some studies and they say, are you nuts? Even communist China said, bad idea. phosphogypsum, uranium. You want that in your drinking water. Huh?