Nuclear Plant Cooling Canals Reportedly Leaking into Florida Waters

 Nuclear Plant Cooling Canals Reportedly Leaking into Florida Waters

A Miami-Dade County study shows that cooling canals from the Turkey Point nuclear power plant in Florida are leaking into Biscayne Bay.
Water sampling in December and January showed tritium levels up to 215 times higher than normal in ocean water, according to the Miami Herald. A judge two weeks ago ordered Florida Power & Light (FP&L) to clean up the cooling canals after concluding they caused a huge underground saltwater plume to migrate west and threaten a wellfield that supplies drinking water to the Florida Keys, the article said. The judge also ruled the state did not properly address the problem by coming up with a faulty management plan. Commissioners ordered additional monitoring of the bay last year.
FP&L completed a five-year, $3 billion uprate project at Turkey Point in 2013 that increased the output of the four-unit plant by 525 MW, or 15 percent of its pre-uprate capacity. However, the canals began running dangerously hot soon after, which FP&L officials blamed on an algae bloom that grew when the canals were shut down during the project. FP&L officials were granted permission from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to operate the canals at 104 degrees, the hottest in the nation.
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