Officials at Florida Power and Light say their nuclear reactors can stand up to the worst Mother Nature can dish out.
In Japan, officials are still dealing with radiation leaking from nuclear power plants damaged in the earthquake and tsunami earlier this year. FPL spokesman Mayco Villafana said earthquakes aren’t a factor in the Sunshine state and that their facilities are pretty much hurricane proof.
“These plants have taken an incredible array of processes and procedures to make them safe and secure. In the case of Turkey Point those power plants have already gone through category 5 hurricanes and have resurfaced without any kind of impact” he said.
FPL operates two nuclear power plants in Florida including Turkey Point, which withstood Category 5 Hurricane Andrew in August 1992.
FPL’s St. Lucie nuclear facility went through a number of hurricanes in 2004 and 2005, although none reached category 5. Progress Energy also operates a nuclear plant at Crystal River on the Gulf Coast.
Right now Tropical Storms Bret and Cindy are swirling around in the Atlantic – neither poses any threat to Florida.
Friday, 22 July 2011 07:45
FPL: Plants Can Handle HurricanesWritten by Valerie Alker