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Are Florida residents REALLY happy with more nuclear reactors near state parks?

text-Please-NoteDoes Florida need more nuclear reactors near state parks? http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/todays-buzz/sfl-florida-nuclear-reactors-turkey-point-20150529-story.html   By Daniel Vasquez “..
Florida Power & Light has plans to add two new nuclear reactors at Turkey Point. Now, some people are still afraid of nuclear reactors. They don’t want them in their backyards. What happens if one of them melts?

FP&L, which generates and sells much of the electricity sucked up by homeowners and businesses in South Florid, tells us there is nothing to worry about…

But not everyone is convinced FP&L is doing so great with the two reactors now at Turkey Point.

The Sun Sentinel’s South Florida 100 member Katy Sorenson, president of the Good Government Initiative at the University of Miami says this:

 “Florida Power and Light just doesn’t get it – and continues to act with impunity. Turkey Point’s cooling canals are too hot, and dangerous levels of salt and other pollutants for the nuclear power plant are being released into Biscayne and Florida Bays, our drinking water and food chain. The state, under our “I’m not a scientist” governor, has responded by relaxing its oversight. But the Miami-Dade County Commission is starting to pay attention. Meanwhile, bring on the renewable energies, including solar, and let’s get out from under the rule of FPL.”

FP&L has told the Sun Sentinel editorial board that Florida is not ripe for solar energy. Yep, we’re still scratching our head about that one, too.

But shouldn’t we more strongly consider other options rather than adding two more nuclear reactors here, which will be tucked next to Biscayne Bay and between two national parks?

That’s what the feds are wondering. This week the government announced it will accept more public comment on the issue.

Yes. You’re the public. Say something.

Daniel Vasquez may be reached atdvasquez@sunsentinel.com or @ConsumerDan.

May 30, 2015 - Posted by | general

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