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6.19.2011

NUCLEAR END FOR CRYSTAL RIVER?

Driving south from Tallahassee on Highway 19/98 takes you over the bridge by the nuclear power plants near Crystal River. I always pause to wonder about the large RV camp on the east side of the infamous Cross Florida Barge Canal.  Why would anyone want to park their 'vacation home' so near the plant?

There is also a sign in the traditional green and white of a municipality that says: Red Alert.  Did someone give their community this name?  Is it a civic minded cosmic alert?

Sunday's St Petersburg Times reflects on Progress Energy and the future of its nuclear power plants in Crystal River and the lack movement in Florida toward alternative energy.

Discussions within the organization question whether shutting down the plant rather than repairing it might be the better financial options.  [Progress Energy still holds a permit to build nuclear in Levy County to the north of Crystal River.]


Progress Energy says it will update Florida's Public Service Commission on June 27 about its plan for repairs after the second gap in the nuclear reactor's containment wall was discovered. 

Read the editorial here.

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