Massive nuclear plant plan near Everglades delayed by court


(Source: FL Politics)

From FL Politics: A massive nuclear plant expansion proposed by Florida’ Power & Light must be redone to meet environmental and other concerns near Everglades National Park, a state appeals court ruled.

The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami reversed a 2014 decision by Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet to approve construction of two nuclear reactors by Florida Power & Light at its Turkey Point plant near Homestead.

The project, costing up to $18 billion, would add about 2,200 megawatts of electric power or enough to supply 750,000 homes.

A three-judge panel ruled the governor and Cabinet failed to account for environmental regulations meant to protect the Everglades and endangered birds that make their home in the wetlands.

Species such as the wood stork and snail kite would be greatly affected through loss of foraging habitat and collisions with transmission poles and lines.

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