Two Florida Nuclear Plants Are Shutting Down Before Irma’s Arrival
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On Thursday, FPL (Florida Power & Light) announced that it will shut down the Turkey Point and St. Lucie nuclear power plants before Hurricane Irma’s expected arrival this weekend. These two facilities on Florida’s Atlantic Coast are Florida’s only operating nuclear power plants.
“This is an extremely dangerous storm,” Rob Gould said. Rob Gould is the chief communication officer of FPL and commented that these nuclear sites are among the strongest in the United States and are designed to withstand heavy wind and storm surge. Turkey Point’s nuclear reactors are enclosed in six feet of steel-reniforced concrete and is about 20 feet above sea level. These nuclear power plants also have plenty of redundancies in their designs that have back-ups to back-ups. Turkey Point, south of Miami in Homestead, survived the direct hit from Hurricane Andrew (Category 5) back in 1992, but also suffered $90 million damage. This shutting down is a precautionary measure. Turkey Point is expected to be shut down Friday evening and St. Lucie to be offline about 12 hours later, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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