said in a Facebook video.

Speaking about the potential for a large, disastrous breach, he said, “It could be any minute or it could be down the road, or it may not happen.”

“The feeling is that this right here,” he said, pointing at the reservoir in the background, far behind him, “may go sooner rather than later.”

A spokeswoman for the E.P.A., Brandi Jenkins, said agency officials were “closely monitoring the ongoing situation and are in close communication” with local officials.

The phosphate plant was established at Piney Point in 1966 and became inactive in 2001, The Miami Herald reported. The plant has faced other disasters: In 2003, treated wastewater was pumped into the ocean, and in 2011, a breach sent wastewater into a harbor.

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