Monday, April 18, 2016

FPL: Consistently Bad. By Geniusofdespair

Longtime environmental activist Laura Reynolds of Conservation Concepts wrote an Op Ed in the Miami Herald about the FPL pollution problems and - beyond belief - now they are going for a rate hike:
For Florida Power & Light to downplay the contamination at its aging Turkey Point nuclear reactors is self-serving and misses the point. Why should customers take any solace in FPL’s “Trust us — we’ll fix it” approach when the reactors’ cooling canal system has been leaking for years, and most recently has been made worse by FPL itself?

The Turkey Point power plant is a sprawling complex with two nuclear reactors located a few miles south of Miami and owned and operated by FPL. Turkey Point is the only nuclear power plant in the United States located on the borders of two national parks. It has a cooling canal system that is different from any other nuclear power plant cooling system in the country.

The leaking industrial wastewater facility is not a new problem. But recently new data revealed a direct connection from the groundwater plume to the surface waters of Biscayne National Park. A recent Miami-Dade County report and an ongoing University of Miami study found elevated levels of tritium, which is a radioactive isotope that comes from nuclear power production, in groundwater up to 4.7 miles west of the facility and up to 2.1 miles east.
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Anonymous said...

Eye On Miami: I sure would have liked to finish reading your article but it takes me to the Miami Herald and then it won't let me read it without purchasing a subscription, which I am not doing. Why can't you post the whole article here on Eye On Miami? Thanks.

Geniusofdespair said...

I guess I can if you pay my legal bills....Don't be so cheap. Subscribe to the paper or online, you have to pay the reporters salaries. Remember the less reporters we have the worse our community will be. Everyone should spring for the paper even if it is inferior. WE NEED REPORTERS!!!!

Anonymous said...

And if you don't have reporters, you will only be fed the PR BS that corporations want you to hear. In depth and accurate news comes at a price. And no offense to the bloggers at Eye On Miami, but you need people who are getting paid to ask the hard questions and chase down the real story. Responsible blogs definitely have their place and play a valuable and important role in getting the news out there, but they are not a substitute for professional journalists. Maybe the next article by Jenny Staletovich will take aim at what else is in those cooling canals at Turkey Point. The FIU prof who wrote the piece that was next to Ms. Reynolds' missed the point with his focus on tritium. What other pollutants might be making their way from the canals into the groundwater and the Bay? Does anyone other than FPL know what's in the waters of their "industrial waste water facility"?

Anonymous said...

It is not that I am cheap. It is that from my past experience with my many years of subscriptions to the Herald it totally went downhill from the wonderful paper that it used to be. I used to spend all day reading the wonderful articles that were in the Tropic magazine! But several years ago I realized that there was nothing there for me anymore. The paper went straight in the recycle bin after I sorted through it and found almost nothing. That was very time consuming. I don't even see the newspaper delivery man anymore so it can't be just me who thinks this way.

I didn't realize that you worked for them. Are your articles in both the online and paper Herald? I like your articles. They are not the usual Herald articles that I have become used to, propaganda. It's really too bad there aren't more reporters like you who work for the Herald. Thanks for reporting the truth!

Geniusofdespair said...

We do not work for the Miami Herald.