Target: Alicia Williamson, Environmental Project Manager for Turkey Point Expansion for U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Goal: Halt the construction and operation of two nuclear reactors that will put a stress on freshwater supplies and destroy coastal wetlands.
Fragile wetlands and a precious freshwater aquifer are in jeopardy from a proposal to add two nuclear reactors to an existing nuclear power plant. The expensive project requires millions of gallons of water a day in an area that already struggles with freshwater shortages and drought. The time is now to stop this project before it starts.
The two nuclear reactors will be the newest additions to Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station, a nuclear power plant located 20 miles south of Miami, Florida. The construction of the reactors will destroy the sensitive area known as Biscayne Bay. Ten million cubic feet of coastal wetland will be destroyed for these nuclear reactors.
Once construction is done, the operation of the two reactors will demand more water than this area can afford to give. South Florida’s freshwater supply has not only suffered from drought but also saltwater plumes that have invaded drinking water. Due to this, legislators have forced water restrictions on residents and local businesses.
In a time where water conservation is crucial, Florida Light and Power (FLP), the company behind Turkey Point Power Plant, wants to utilize 84 million gallons of water per day to cool the new reactors. Residents will not only have to worry about their drinking water but also an increase on their energy bill. FLP will charge customers for this 18-billion-dollar reactor project.
Nuclear energy power plants not only have a high demand for water but also produce hazardous radioactive waste. Nuclear waste is simply stored in storage containers and there currently is no way to get rid of it. We must question if this project is truly sustainable. The billions of dollars to construct and operate these reactors should go toward renewable energy. By signing this petition, you are urging the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to deny FLP’s request to construct and operate two new nuclear reactors for Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station.
Dear Project Manager Williamson,
Water supplies are in danger if you approve Turkey Point’s two new nuclear reactors. FLP has already struggled to cool the reactors the plant already has. I am afraid that the two nuclear reactors will put a strain on the already suffering water supply. Drinking water in Florida is precious. Drought and the invasion of saltwater in some freshwater aquifers have threatened resident water sources. FLP wants to use 84 million gallons of water a day to cool the new reactors. This daily water usage is not sustainable.
Florida is known for beautiful bays and beaches. Two more nuclear reactors at Turkey Point will make this power plant even more of a threat to the coveted area of Biscayne Bay. This nuclear reactor project demeans the restoration efforts put forth to protect and keep the bay pristine for residents and wildlife. I want you to please deny FLP’s request to add two new nuclear reactors to the Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station. Please protect the future of Florida’s natural resources.
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