Target: Florida Power & Light
Goal: Stop nuclear power plant from leaking radioactive contamination into local water supply.
Irradiated water from the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant just outside of Miami is leaking. The leak, discovered by the University of Miami, does not yet threaten Miami drinking water, however considering the proximity of the plant to two national parks this leak could cause a huge amount of damage. The Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant sits about an hour outside of Miami and is between the Biscayne and Everglades National Parks.
Problems at the Turkey Point Plant began in 2013 after plans to increase energy output caused the reactor cooling canals to become too hot and too salty. The result of this was the westward migration of an underground saltwater plume, which is travelling towards the fresh water well-field that supplies the Florida Keys. Miami University found tritium, the radioactive isotope created by nuclear reactor, at levels 215 times higher than normal levels.
Miami University’s findings come just after a Tallahassee judge ruled that the operators of Turkey Point, Florida Power & Light had to clean up their waste water canals after he found that they had failed to stop hundreds of thousands of gallons of waste water leaking into the Biscayne Bay. The South Miami Mayor has stated that the leak and the dumping of waste water may be violations of federal Clean Water Act. Sign our petition to help stop the Turkey Point Power Plant from leaking and protect Florida’s national parks, and drinking water.
Dear Florida Power & Light,
The University of Miami has found radioactive tritium in the Biscayne bay at levels 215 times higher than normal. Furthermore, there is mounting evidence that the Turkey Point Power Plant is causing a westward migration of a salt plume which now threatens the water source of the Florida Keys.
The Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant is placed between the Biscayne and Everglades National Parks, and its leaking threatens wetlands vital for both Florida’s terrestrial and marine ecosystems. I believe it is vital that Florida Power & Light stops radioactive water leaking into the surrounding environment. To do otherwise would be to continue to violate the Clean Water Act.
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