AP: Florida nuclear plant will permanently close — 60 years to decontaminate and dismantle

Published: February 5th, 2013 at 1:48 pm ET


Title: Duke Energy to close Crystal River nuclear plant
Author: Associated Press
Date: February 5, 2013 at 12:38 p.m.

The largest U.S. electricity company said Tuesday it will permanently close a Florida nuclear power plant after botched repairs and use $835 million from an insurance settlement to refund consumers forced to pay for higher-cost replacement power.

Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke Energy said Tuesday it will close its Crystal River Nuclear Plant north of Tampa, starting a process that may take 60 years before the site is decontaminated and dismantled. […]

“We believe the decision to retire the nuclear plant is in the best overall interests of our customers, investors, the state of Florida and our company,” Duke Energy Chairman and Chief Executive Jim Rogers said in a statement. […]

See also: Breaking News Update: Business community reacts to Duke nuclear plant closure

Published: February 5th, 2013 at 1:48 pm ET


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32 comments to AP: Florida nuclear plant will permanently close — 60 years to decontaminate and dismantle

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    I hope it sticks.

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    1 down 1500+ more to go…


    should be obvious, we're all being played. They're building far more 'new-gen' plants than they're taking offline. They're only only pulling the plug on the rusty ones, to push-off the costs of decommissioning onto future generations. This is your typical scam. I refuse to believe that economics is the deciding factor. The trash that are pushing this technology on the people (and our world), are only interested in convincing the 'opposition' that they're reconsidering the 'issues'. These people are extremely slick and know full well that they'll be long gone when the inevitable bill comes due…

  • 16Penny 16Penny

    Still, every one shut down is a reason to celebrate. If tptb and the investors want to throw good money after bad, let them. We know that future generations will be paying the bulk of the costs with their quality of life and their pocket books.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Yep, one by one, making progress towards getting our earth back.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    They put the nice date of 60 years to decontaminate. No adult will probably be around that long to check to see if it is decontaminated. The plutonium around Rocky Flats weapons plant is just as great as before clean up, even though it is supposedly cleaned up. Half life of one Plutonium isotope is 24,000 years. That's only the half life. It was be around much longer than that.

    How anyone can justify building any new nuclear power plants shows a person who is much less than human. They should all be deployed to be the caretakers for all the mutated, sickly humans.

    It was also Duke who pulled out of the MOX facility at Savannah River. At least someone has some brains and good judgment, even if it is coming too late for very many, many victims.


      you got it anne. They're purposely claiming it'll take sixty years; which allows for plenty of side-stepping before anyone's held to account. These people are the scum of the earth… literally!

  • 1 more down, with Kewaunee on lake Michigan, that makes 2 this year. Lets go for 20 this year. Pick your favorite clunker and attack it with letters and emails to the politicians who are shaky ground. Seriously, with a 60 year decommissioning process that sounds like alot of "jobs". Palisades in Michigan, always in violation of something, shut em down!!!!

    But here amazingly….Duke energy bought this clunker, then the clunker broke, then they botched the repair making it worse than it was, and now they want the rate payers to pay them 1.65B for their investment….typical, bail out the greedy stupid lying corporations and put the bill on the rate payers back.

    Duke said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it would seek to recover its investment in Crystal River over a 20-year period beginning in 2017, an amount that spokesman Mike Hughes said was $1.65 billion.

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    I'm also gonna continue clinging to "guarded optimism" on hearing of another POS nuke plant going down for good! I concede it's a very small victory but I'll take what I can get since good news is a rare commodity once my eyes were opened by Fukushima bitch-slappin' me back to reality!
    I also realize this NPP permanent shutdown isn't likely to change the fate of an overwhelming number of the eventual sick & dying victims of the foulest offenders in the relatively short history of mankind-but if
    the State of Florida holds even ONE child or any innocent for that matter-then this news of just one locale having a chance to thrive again someday is "golden" to me!~(and to whoever is spared the agony of cancer treatments too I'm sure!) I'm encouraged that money or lack of it to spend on repairing the POS facility would inspire this shutdown since I remember that lack of funding put new NPP construction on hold
    indefinitely!!(?) If that's the case-then I hope the US economy stays bad and forces them to continue postponing their grotesque agenda because the death toll and associated health costs from Fukushima (for one BIG example)will continue climbing while more "sheeple" learn the truth and join us in our fight! One of the 3 reasons I voted Obama was the hope that he & many others would still be around to answer to his many victims and Romney would've "fast-tracked" nuke construction despite being economically unsound & Fuku-D still spewing death!! 🙁

    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      OOPS-typo!; "if the state of FL holds ONE child or innocent victim WHO IS SPARED the horrors of being internally contaminated & sickened-then this news is golden to me!(is what I meant to say) 🙁 ~**


      don't hold your breath, Johnny Blade, that America's current economic death-spiral will be the determining factor in the shutting-down of these power plants.

      Keep three things in mind: fiat currency investment, emerging markets and trans-national pollution. Centralized banks will issue fiat currency to emerging markets, as means of shoring-up globalized investment markets. Though well established, China is considered an emerging market as it's still on the upwards growth curve. And as we've all discovered, it doesn't matter where a NPP is located, when it comes to cross-border pollution…

      • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

        @AFTERSHOCK; I appreciate your views & explanation of the mechanisms of finance that allow projects based on unsound & ultra-harmful technologies to go forward despite the insanity of it all that only seems to be recognized for what it really is by those of us who see and understand the implications! Even if they do manage to build more "new" generations of NPP's via alternative funding options I'm still hopeful that an unsound economy has a negative effect on their plans and contributes to delays & postpones projected start-dates for their precious,latest generation of equally flawed prototype facilities in the works. Maybe the key to the battle hinges on "time"?! I'm 99.9% certain that Fukushima WILL be known for what it is and will still be by the next US Presidential ELEction!!(?)-I'd bet that within 2 years from now that the impacts & implications may already be damaging enough that any efforts focused on tying them up in court for a year or two with the hopes that their plans are scrapped before the ground is even broken at the proposed construction sites for whatever butt-ugly,skyline profile appears to augment the grotesque,unnatural images associated with the antique ClusterFUK(u)s already operating above 100% output for beyond their service-life expiration dates STILL being re-licensed!(?)~Stopping the Nuclear Age IS possible,but the jury is still out as to whether anything will endure what has/is being unleashed in the meantime??!!~TAKE CARE~ 🙂 >>*

  • Target Acquisition

    Palisades NRC Violations Shut Down this Klunker

    Palisades is from 1971, thats too old. And the operators, Entergy, have a history of abusive operation of these clunkers. They can't make enough money, so they cut corners. Here are some photos and violations reports.


  • razzz razzz

    Was this the plant that the operator tried to do upgrades and repairs themselves and the more they worked on the plant, the more they broke something else like cracking the containment concrete a couple of times?

    Arnie explained it as, the board of directors sleeping at a Holiday Inn and waking up to become experts in nuclear power plant construction.

    The cleanup fund is like the national debt, just keep putting it off further into the future and let someone else worry and pay for it.

    • Yep, like Palisades was purchased for $360M, but will cost $2B to cleanup, and could cause $100B in damages per government estimates in a Fukushima cat 7 accident.

      How does that make any sense?

      • nedlifromvermont

        The German government calculated a melt-out cost at any of their operating reactors to cost eleven billion Euros …. over $15 Trillion dollars…

        … the nuke Fat Cats have been lying through their teeth for years … especially in estimates of economic damage … soft selling and down playing … and playing the American and other publics for damned fools … which we obviously were and are, since we bought into this scam hook, line and sinker …

        the nukeleocrats should roast in their own oil over this, but they keep smiling and cashing their blood money pay checks, as if we're all too stupid to notice …

        and still they don't push up the schedule for dry-casking the spent fuel, even where they could immediately begin to do so …. what do you all think of this??? Are we too stupid to notice, and to demand that this toxic industry take no responsibility to lessen the danger of their failed gambit to control the energy market, even if that meant destroying planet Earth ??? These nucleobrats must be related to Queen Jadis, the White Witch of Narnia, who uttered the deplorable word and doomed her own world, out of spite!!!

        There are no good ideas for nuclear any more … the Bill Gates inspired modular units are another egghead inspired, radioactive wet dream …

        Good riddance Crystal River.

        Good riddance, soon, Vermont Yankee and Pallisades and Indian Point and on and on …

        Peace to the 'newsers!

        • 16Penny 16Penny

          We have all heard of grammar nazis, I'm a math nazi.

          "The German government calculated a melt-out cost at any of their operating reactors to cost eleven billion Euros …. over $15 Trillion dollars…"

          Your US dollar figure is off by a few decimal places, you intentions are right on.

          Current rate: 1 Euro = 1.35 USD

          11 billion Euros = 14.85 billion USD

          Remember to check the math, especially when you come up with sensationally large results.

          • Good work but you forgot the "Gov Est correction factor" which is 600% in nuclear related fields, therefore

            89 Billion USD, if you ignore human suffering. ouch

  • Cisco Cisco

    Once CEO's discover a way to charge off the losses (yes, subsidized by US taxpayers) and not have a marketable effect on future earnings, and in turn the stock price, there will be a rush to the doors (like in a movie theater when someone yells fire) to shut down these ticking financial bombs. No pun intended.

    As long as power companies have nukes in their portfolios, the financial exposure is almost infinite. The insurance companies are already running for the doors, and guess who will pay?

  • 16Penny 16Penny

    “We believe the decision to retire the nuclear plant is in the best overall interests of our customers, investors, the state of Florida and our company,”

    In light of recent events at Fuku I think they should have come out and acknowledged the interests of the world as well while they are doing their shout outs.

    • I have to agree with all those statements! Getting rid of nuke is in everyone's best interest.

      Even the nuke promoters, free them from this satanic endeavour

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    AFTERSCHOCK…is very wise.

    There is not one thing going on inside this word's created Zeitgeist.. that is not a scam!

    Cattle and Sheep are very easy to herd.

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  • We Not They Finally

    SIXTY YEARS to decontaminate, and who knows how many diseases and deaths in its wake. Not to mention the unstorable nuclear watse left for "forever." Who needs real live shooting war criminals when we have THIS?

  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    REJECT NUCLEAR POWER: Here's Why– From Global Research–

    >>"Citizens do not want nuclear power1. They know it is both far too dangerous and far too expensive.

    Politicians want nuclear power because they know it puts Power in their hands. This is exactly paralleled by politicians embracing nuclear weapons. They think it gives them power and this is what they want above all else.

    Citizens do not want nuclear weapons because they know they are insanely dangerous and what they want is to live without the threat of sudden and complete annihilation hanging over them and their children at all times. As we will see there is a close relationship between the weapons and the power in every sense of the word."<<

    Here: http://www.globalresearch.ca/reject-nuclear-power-heres-why/5321374

  • Sol Man

    TPTB must have access to all of future taxpayers' time and energy to fill their own accounts with $$$. This describes the situation as it has been devised to benefit themselves.

  • Beyond Zero Point

    Crystal River NPP.
    In the early 70's I worked for my stepfathers company.They did geological surveys and geological cast in place support structure's. At the time I thought this was the coolest thing on this planet, and thought so until 3/11. After finding enenews.com and all you folks, I have changed my position on Nuclear Power. That Freaking monster is only 50 miles No. West of me. That s–t pile has been nothing but problems scene they light it off. And MSM has rarely said a word about it. The road to" relife" has to start somewhere. This is" one" of our starting points, and thanks to you folks and enenews I know the challenges that lye before us. I am optimistic, but not naive. I often ask myself, life form's that reach nuclear consensus, do they always end up like US? If you research what is left on Mars, this may not be the first time this has happened in our solar system. I pray the universe will cut us some slack! Bless all of you that give so much energy and sprit to the forwarding of this Intension!