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?Read more
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.