Friday, April 06, 2018

Southern Alliance For Clean Energy : IMPORTANT

Last Chance to Protect Biscayne Bay, Region’s Drinking Water from Turkey Point Pollution

FPL’s polluting Turkey Point facility has been all over the news again because next Tuesday morning, April 10, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners will convene a Commission meeting which includes a scheduled vote on a controversial Joint Partnership Agreement (JPA) with Florida Power and Light (FPL) regarding what to do about the utility’s antiquated, failing cooling canal system (item 11A3 on the agenda). Local organizations, including SACE, are demanding the Agreement be strengthened before the County approves, otherwise the agreement could substantially delay the cleanup at Turkey Point, resulting in long-term impacts on the region’s drinking water resource, the Biscayne Aquifer, and the health of Biscayne Bay and the adjacent Biscayne and Everglades National Parks.
Clean It Up Now!” has been the rallying cry for concerned local organizations because FPL has also filed for a 20-year operating license extension with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). NOW is the time for the County to demand a comprehensive solution to fix a decades-long problem.
The groups have sent many letters and supporting information to the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners recommending ways to strengthen the Agreement. Three requests have been consistently mentioned:
1. A commitment by Miami-Dade County to continue to seek decommissioning of Turkey Point’s cooling canal system and implementing upgrades to the cooling technology, such as the installation of cooling tower, and to maintain regulatory and operational control over the wastewater treatment facility and reuse water.
2. Any reclaimed wastewater treated for use at the Turkey Point facility must meet non-degradation water quality standards for release into Biscayne Bay.
3. A commitment to explore options to allocate a meaningful portion of treated wastewater for Biscayne Bay restoration and wetland rehydration.
Residents of Miami-Dade have a LAST CHANCE to influence this decision. Take action NOW to make a difference!
In a press release yesterday, SACE highlighted analysis from a hydrologist with over 25 years of experience and expertise in South Florida, Dr. William Nuttle, that shows that if the Agreement goes forward as written, FPL’s cleanup would be delayed, taking over 60 years versus the utility’s claim of 10 years. Find initial coverage on this analysis below:
The final vote on this issue is April 10 - contact the Commission TODAY and ask them to amend the Partnership Agreement to better protect our resources and to speed up the cleanup of FPL’s pollution plume by requiring a comprehensive fix that includes a technology upgrade!


Anonymous said...

That plant is going to have to shut down. Eventually the public will get stuck with the bill. I'd imagine the creative types are setting this place up for failure already.

Milly from Hialeah said...

Gives us a lot to think about. So many people want to live the rich life in Miami and I am remember my grandmother reading this. As a young girl, I loved to sit and chat with her and listen to her stories. She also liked asking "teasing questions". She once asked me what I thought was the most precious thing in this big world. When I did not guess the answer, she laughed and said, "el agua . . . y el agua limpia" (the water . . . and clean water).

We can have everything in life, but where will we be without clean water?

Let's go with the experts opinion on this one.

Anonymous said...

In HI the people pushed back against FPL take over of the state utility. FPL has a reputation as a anti-Solar and anti-environment. Why is it soo hard to reject FPL in FL?
See last paragraph of interview: