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Republican-led House Florida House keeps nuclear upfront fees

Florida House rejects attempts to repeal nuclear fees Tampa Bay Times, Mary Ellen Klas, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House on Tuesday rejected attempts to repeal a controversial state law that allows utility companies to charge customers for nuclear power plant development in advance of construction.

The Republican-led House modified SB 1472 to add new hurdles to the unpopular nuclear cost recovery act but voted down amendments that would have required the companies to disclose how much of the monthly bill was going into the planning costs among other amendments.

They also rejected an amendment to put the so-called “nuclear cost recovery act” to a voter referendum, an amendment that would ban any development on a nuclear plant until there is a permanent disposal site for nuclear waste, and an amendment to repeal the proposal….. Since the act took effect in 2006, Progress Energy has charged customers more than $1 billion to expand the now-crippled Crystal River nuclear power plant and to start developing a new plant in Levy County….. Rep. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, urged the House to reject the compromise language added to the House bill, saying it will allow utility companies to continue to profit from customers paying the nuclear fee even if the plant is never built.

“We weakened the bill,” he said. “Now what do utility companies have to be concerned about?”

A final vote on the bill is expected later this week.

May 1, 2013 - Posted by | politics, USA

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