FPL begins retracting saltwater threatening Keys supplies

Posted at 7:03 AM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 07:03:40-04

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Florida Power & Light officials say they're fixing a saltwater plume from the Turkey Point nuclear power plant that's threatening freshwater supplies in the Florida Keys.

Senior Director of Project Development Steve Scroggs says a well at the power plant will retract saltwater from the Biscayne Aquifer.

The aquifer supplies 17 billion gallons of drinking water daily for the island chain. The Citizen reports ( ) the saltwater plume is less than 10 miles from the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority's well field in the aquifer.

The aqueduct authority's executive director, Kirk Zuelch, says he wants FPL to cover the cleanup costs - an estimated $206 million over 10 years.

FPL has proposed adding cleanup costs as fees in its customers' monthly bills. The utility doesn't have customers in the Keys.


Information from: The Key West (Fla.) Citizen,

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