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  • Problems “tax” FPL’s St. Lucie Unit 2 reactor, consumers

    Posted on March 18th, 2014 Florida Citizens No comments

    moneyreactorsA flurry of recent media reports have focused on Florida Power and Light’s (FPL) St. Lucie Unit 2 nuclear reactor near Ft. Pierce, Florida. There is evidence that the replacement and modification of the steam generators is causing excessive wear of the steam tubes in unit 2. The steam generator replacement and subsequent uprate were paid for through Florida’s nuclear tax, making it more than a legitimate safety concern. Customers have reportedly sunk over $1 billion into the uprate project of both of St. Lucie’s reactors so far, and if the wear continues, it could mean more expensive repairs to Unit 2 — potentially on the customers’ dime.

    The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) is taking the utility to task, requesting a transparent investigation and inspection before the utility can restart the reactors, which are currently down for a scheduled refueling outage. The organization submitted a petition to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to block the restart until the issue is fully vetted.

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