Mike Sole droned on and on for an hour as the apologist for FPL and he got light ball questions from the panel. It was such a colossal waste of time. The Miami Herald wrote an article. Read it.
I took Photos, Gimleteye left early.
|Apologist Mike Sol from FPL also on the Board of Directors of the Everglades Foundation (former head of DEP)|
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, who asked for the county report that revealed the radioactive tracer tritium in the bay, said the canals were “poorly conceived” when they were created in the 1970s, should be abandoned for more modern technology. Cava pointed out that canal conditions worsened after nuclear reactors were uprated to increase power output. While tritium has been detected at levels well below health standards, its presence indicates the canals also are likely leaking water tainted by high levels of ammonia and other contaminants into the bay.
The uprating project was only supposed to increase water temperatures by about 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit but canal temperatures following the expansion spiked, forcing the reactors to twice power down as they approached operating limits.
University of Miami hydrologist David Chin, in a report to the county, concluded the increased power caused the problems. But FPL blamed a regional drought, along with algae and sediment collecting in the canals after they were briefly shut down during the expansion.
“The plant needs to be modernized,” Cava told lawmakers, pointing to more modern reactors which rely on cooling towers. “The technology is not revolutionary. It’s already been adopted. It’s not even cutting-edge technology.” Cava also took state environmental regulators to task for not acting faster.
Me: The DEP said they issued a violation not just a warning letter to FPL.
|County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava|
|Engineer Ed Swakon (a former Division Chief at DERM) and Rock Miner Steve Toricse|
|What everyone was doing except those listening|
|DEP Speaker Paula Cobb|
|Rep Rene Garcia asking a softball question.|
|Mayors Cindy Lerner (Pinecrest) and Philip Stoddard (South Miami) taking notes.|
|Lee Hefty of Derm Speaking|
|State Rep. Katy Edwards doesn't look happy to be back in Homestead.|
|Not only couldn't you bring cookies and water into the meeting, you couldn't bring solar panels. Jonathan Ullman of Sierra Club tried.|
This is so typical (from the Miami Herald):
But when asked by Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez, D-Miami, if the state had ignored an administrative law judge in February, DEP deputy secretary Paula Cobb complained that the judge overstepped his authority.
"The department did not sidestep the findings of the administrative law judge," she said. "The administrative law judge tried to dictate the exact actions…and honestly I need every tool I can get."