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The Environmental Alliance of North Florida has put out an alert regarding hearings on the most costly and most heavily government subsidized form of energy today--nuclear power. A public hearing was held today in Crystal River to accept public comment on the proposal by Progress Energy to build two nuclear power plants on currently undeveloped land in Levy County, a portion of which include Goethe State Forest.

However, anyone can still submit written comments until December 23, 2008, by mailing: Chief, Rules and Directives Branch, Division of Administrative Services, Office of Administration, Mailstop T-6D59, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Washington, DC 20555-0001 or E-mail:

If you have concerns about nuclear power plants, it is the time for you to make your voice heard, if Florida wants affordable, clean and safe energy choices including energy efficiency, wind, solar and biopower.

Concerns over Progress Energy’s proposal to build the Levy County nuclear plant include the high cost of nuclear energy and the difficulty in providing accurate cost estimates. The cost of two Westinghouse AP1000 reactors has nearly tripled since initial estimates, to more than $17 billion.

The presence of nuclear power reactors within the Waccasassa River Drainage Basin could seriously jeopardize its well-being, with water withdrawal and discharge that could cause hydrological alterations in surrounding freshwater streams, lakes, the Cross Florida Barge Canal, groundwater, and the Gulf of Mexico. This is in addition to the fact that water discharged from the nuclear plant is hotter than what is withdrawn and that these temperature changes negatively affect the fish, plant, and animal life that depend on healthy water systems.

The proposed location in Levy County is currently a ‘green field’ site; it is clean and free of contamination or industrial facilities. The long-lived, highly radioactive nuclear waste that will be produced by the proposed new reactors will remain on-site for generations.

For more information on this position on nuclear power, click on Alliance for Clean Energy

Click here for the NRC’s information on the Levy County application process.


Thank you for posting this. is another good resource for folks who would like to follow this issue. The Florida Legislature hit us with a brutal double-whammy when they allowed power companies to force consumers to pay -- up front -- for costs associated with constructing new nuke plants.


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