Senator Rodriguez, District 37 — Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4, 2017
Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez Asks Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Delay FPL Turkey Point Expansion Amid Concerns Over Storm Surge and Spent Fuel
Ahead of a hearing in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, State Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez (D-Miami), in light of bigger and stronger hurricanes impacting Florida, reiterated his request that the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission delay action related to Florida Power & Light’s plans for two new nuclear reactors at Turkey Point. In an August 23rd letter (attached), Sen. Rodriguez expressed concerns regarding sea level rise and storm surge at the site as well as concerns about FP&L’s plans to store radioactive spent fuel.
Sen. Rodriguez said: "Miami-Dade residents deserve rigorous scrutiny of FP&L’s proposed expansion at Turkey Point which could threaten our community’s safety. Storm surge and sea level rise have not been adequately taken into account at Turkey Point, especially important after witnessing bigger and stronger hurricanes hitting Florida. Neither does the plan adequately account for how spent radioactive fuel will be stored. Today I reiterate my request for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to delay Thursday’s hearing to better study whether or not FP&L’s plans pose a risk to this community.”
On October 5th, 2017, the Commission will hold a mandatory hearing to consider safety and environmental matters related to FP&L’s application for the new reactors. This mandatory hearing is important as it is one of the final hurdles before final approval by the NRC of FP&L’s proposed expansion at Turkey Point.