Turkey Point nuclear plant south of Miami
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
‘Florida's largest power utility company said it remains confident it can keep its aging nuclear reactors along the shore of Biscayne Bay operating safely despite new studies that project sea levels in Florida to rise between 5 and 6.75 feet by 2100, the Miami Herald reports.
Florida Power & Light Co. is seeking federal approval to extend the operating license of its Turkey Point nuclear plant for another 20 years, and presented a 2013 independent study it commissioned on sea rise to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the reactors.
But environmental groups, officials with Miami-Dade County and some residents expressed their concerns with the outdated study this week when the NRC held its first hearing on the request.
"You can't re-license something if it's not operating as it was licensed," said Laura Reynolds, an environmental consultant involved in the issue.’