NRC panel to consider canal temperature issue at Turkey Point nuclear plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Atomic Safety and Licensing Board will hold a hearing Jan. 11-12 in Florida to consider a citizen suit challenge to proposed changes in the temperature level for the canal system at the Turkey Point nuclear power plant.

NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) utility subsidiary Florida Power & Light (FPL) has proposed a license amendment that would increase the “ultimate heat sink water temperature” for the canal serving the two Turkey Point nuclear units near Homestead, Fla. The canal is the source of cooling water for the power station.

The proposed change is opposed by Citizens Allied for Safe Energy (CASE). CASE claims that the environmental assessment done by the NRC staff was inadequate.

The two Turkey Point nuclear units are pressurized water reactors (PWRs) that are now licensed to operate until 2032 and 2033.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 11 at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Homestead, Fla.

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