‘The damn thing is grinding down’: Cooling tubes at FPL St. Lucie nuke plant show significant wear

Florida Power & Light’s St. Lucie Nuclear Plant is on Hutchinson Island, just north of Martin County’s border. (Source: Tampa Bay Times)

Yet another Florida nuclear plant may be in trouble, reports The Tampa Bay Times.
And it’s Martin County’s closest neighbor.
“The damn thing is grinding down,” said Daniel Hirsch, a University of California at Santa Cruz nuclear policy lecturer. “They must be terrified internally. They’ve got steam generators that are now just falling apart.”

“St. Lucie is the outlier of all the active plants,” said Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer…”the magnitude of what is going on at St. Lucie is off the charts. These guys are a hundred times worse than the industry average.”

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