5.2 CONDITIONS FOR A CONSUMPTIVE-USE PERMIT GENERAL CON-
The intended consumptive use:
(a) Must be a reasonable, beneficial use.
(b) Must be consistent with the public !I
interest. (16J-2.11(1) (b)) .ng
Section 16J-0.02(15) defines "reasonable-bene- :
ficial use" to mean: i :ant
"...the use of water in such quantity
as is necessary for economic and effi-
cient utilization for a purpose and in
a manner which is both reasonable and
consistent with the public interest
Subsection 373.019(5) F.S."
As can be seen from the definition of this term, water
uses must not only be reasonable uses but also must be effi- I
cient and economical. The reasonable-beneficial use standard
is intended to protect other water users and the general pub-
lic from wasteful uses of water.
CF Industries' planned water uses represent a concert-
ed effort to combine economic development of the phosphate
resources with reasonable, economic and efficient use of the
available water resources.
The rational use of water resources has been an impor-il
tant design goal from the inception of the project. In de-
veloping its water use plan for both the mine and the chem-
ical plant, CF Industries has placed heavy emphasis on water;j
conservation practices which maximize the -re-use of water in i
the systems, maximize the use of surface water and minimize
the use of well water. Recycle flows in the mine and chemical
plant will be 90,000 gpm and 40,000 gpm, respectively, the
total of which is more than ten times the amount of makeup
water drawn from supply sources. In addition to the exten-
sive re-use within each operation, water in the amount of 770
gpm will be recirculated from chemical plant to the mining
facility to provide a further reduction in makeup requirements.
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To assure efficient use of water, rain falling on ponds
and mine cuts will be used whenever possible to reduce pumping
from ground water aquifers. It is anticipated that surface
water can provide up to 35 percent of the makeup water require-
The proposed project will provide a reliable and econo-
mic source of essential fertilizer for the 1.5 million North
American farmers in the United States and Canada who are the
member-owners of CF Industries. Development of CF Industries'
Hardee County phosphate deposits will play an important role
in assuring that North American food and feed production con-
tinues at high levels.
The facility will also have many local economic bene-
fits. The proposed project includes rock mining and benefi-
ciation facilities, as well as a multi-million dollar chem-
ical complex to produce finished phosphate fertilizers on the
Hardee County site. Current projections call for approximate-
ly 675 permanent employees and an annual payroll of nearly
$10 million. When these figures are coupled with the ongoing
purchases of goods and services and the jobs created for some
2,000 construction workers for a period of two years, one can
Realize that the facility will have a large positive impact
on the economy of Hardee County and the region. In addition,
Positive tax benefits will naturally flow to state and local
taxing bodies from the approximately 300 million dollar in-
vestment in plant facilities and land.
The public interest will be protected by an extensive
program of air and surface and ground water monitoring, which
has been implemented at the site. Officials of applicable
regulatory bodies have been involved in the project from its
inception, and CF Industries will continue to work closely
with these and other public officials to assure that the ob-
jectives of the project and the community are in harmony.
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The use of water to develop:.the phosphate deposits
of CF Industries' Hardee County property is reasonable be-
cause the products derived will play an important role in
maintaining the nation's farm output and because every ef-
fort has been made to utilize the water in an efficient and
economic fashion. The benefits derived from the project
will accrue to the nation as a whole in the form of assured
availability of farm products and to the local and regional
areas in the form of additional job opportunities, increased
demand for goods and services, and elevated tax revenues.
The public interest will be enhanced by the benefits describ-
Sed above and will be protected by environmental permit con-
,ditions, monitoring programs and continued consultations with
,officials of the applicable regulatory bodies. It is felt
therefore that the intended consumptive use is reasonable and
beneficial and that it is consistent with the public interest.
The proposed project is thus in compliance with 16J-2.11(1)
(a) and (b).
The intended consumptive use:
(c) Will not interfere with any legal use
of water existing at the time of the
application. (16J-2.11(l) (c))
A list of current users of ground water in the site
vicinity is discussed along with the well inventory in Appen-
dix A, Section A-4. The predicted impacts of the proposed
water use plan are discussed in conjunction with 16J-2.11(4)
(b) and are shown to be within the regulatory criteria set
forth for ground water in that paragraph. Impacts on the sur-
face water system are discussed elsewhere in this section.
Based on a knowledge of the effects of the proposed water use
plan and the location and nature of existing legal uses of
water, it is anticipated that implementation of the proposed
water use plan will not interfere with any existing legal use
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