“What is arguably America’s least-well-placed nuclear power plant is leaking radiation into the sea.
The University of Miami has found
that the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant, located just south of Miami,
has caused levels of tritium, a radioactive isotope, in Biscayne Bay to
spike to 200-times higher than normal levels.
“This is one of several things we were very worried about,” South
Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard, who is also a biological sciences professor
at Florida International University, told the Miami New Times.
“You would have to work hard to find a worse place to put a nuclear
plant, right between two national parks and subject to hurricanes and
Turkey Point came online in the early 1970s; it supplies power to
more than one million homes in South Florida. The new study blames the
leaks on the reactor’s cooling canals, which were recently found to have
caused a massive underground saltwater plume to migrate west,
threatening a wellfield that supplies drinking water to the Florida
Critics alleged the canals began running too hot and salty after
Florida Power and Light (FPL), which operates the plant, overhauled two
reactors to produce more power, the Miami Herald reports. A judge already recently found that FPL had failed to prevent hundreds of thousands of gallons of wastewater from seeping into the bay.”