STATUS: Temporarily Suspended
OPPOSITION: Local residents
BACKGROUND: On June 30, 2009, FPL Energy filed a construction and operation license (COL) application with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and a Site Certification Application with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to build two new nuclear units at its existing Turkey Point nuclear power plant. The project is located 25 miles south of Miami on Biscayne Bay, just east of the Homestead area. The existing Turkey Point plant consists of three natural gas units and two nuclear units.
The Turkey Point expansion plans are for two Westinghouse Advanced Passive 1000 (AP1000) reactors that will produce an estimated 2,200 MW of electricity, enough to power more than 745,000 homes in South Florida. FPL originally planned to complete the project in the 2017-2019 time frame. It estimates that the project will cost $12 billion and would create an estimated 800 permanent and 3600 construction jobs.
A group of citizens have started an online petition to stop the Turkey Point expansion, which can be found online at iPetition.com. The petition cites a host of concerns including environmental harm, drought, safety, electric rate increases and an unreliable waste storage plan.
On January 15, 2010, FPL temporarily suspended work on the Turkey Point expansion when state regulators denied a rate increase proposed by the company. FPL said it will continue to seek a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the nuclear reactors, but it won't take any steps toward construction beyond what is required to receive the license.
SOURCES: NRC (http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/new-reactors/col/turkey-point.html);
Miami Herald (http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/01/14/1426344/fpl-suspends-long-term-projects.html#ixzz14upNcXuK; http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/09/08/1813038/fpl-bills-to-rise-to-pay-for-nuke.html);
Stop FPL (http://stopfpl.blogspot.com/2009/03/online-petition-stop-turkey-point-6-7.html).
Last Updated: November 10, 2010