NPR: Florida nuclear plant shutting down “like a death in the family” (AUDIO)

Published: February 14th, 2013 at 11:23 pm ET


Title: Taxpayers Steaming Over Florida Nuclear Plant’s Shuttering
Source: NPR
Author: Greg Allen
Date: February 14, 2013 5:12 PM

The operator of Florida’s Crystal River nuclear plant sent shockwaves through the state when it announced recently that it was shutting down the facility for good.

When nuclear plants have closed elsewhere, locals have cheered. But in Citrus County, it’s been more like a death in the family. [...]

“I would imagine that the ratepayers will be out up to the tune of close to $4 billion as time goes on,” says Mike Fasano, a state lawmaker who represents many of those ratepayers.

That total includes the botched upgrade, the cost of buying replacement power, funds to decommission the facility and the bill for a new gas-fired plant.

Fasano is working to repeal a Florida law that allows companies that build or expand nuclear plants to bill customers for all the costs, even if the plants never go online. [...]

Although it’s closing Crystal River, Duke Energy says it’s still committed to nuclear energy. It has plans to build two new nuclear plants in Florida in the next decade.

“It shouldn’t be the ratepayers paying for something that many of them will never benefit from. It should be the stockholders.” -Rep. Mike Fasano

Listen to the broadcast here

Published: February 14th, 2013 at 11:23 pm ET


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16 comments to NPR: Florida nuclear plant shutting down “like a death in the family” (AUDIO)

  • ML

    Let this be a cue to anyone who has to subsidize a nuclear plant in their area: "Fasano is working to repeal a Florida law that allows companies that build or expand nuclear plants to bill customers for all the costs, even if the plants never go online."
    If the company and share holders had to foot the bill, that would be the end of most nuclear plants, save which ones the US government must have to make their war materials.

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  • Ron

    "A death in the family"

    Right. Like the death of the mean old codger who didn't give a spit about anyone else. No one will miss him. Good riddance.

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  • amberlight amberlight

    I heard this report on NPR today, including an interview with the owner of a local business who is very upset about the shut-down because it will impact his business. He obviously doesn't realize that the only "death in the family" will be his own and/or that of a loved one if the "atoms for peace" deception is allowed to persist.

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  • Jebus Jebus

    When the patient is comatose and there is no reason to live, it's best to just reach over and pull the plug…

    End Nuclear Now

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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Florida would be history if a reactor melted. And all for nothing.

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    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi TheBigPicture

      I agree..Any time a reactor melts, or spews, and gives waste, the public, and the world suffers.

      Florida is the place where so many have moved to, especially the people who have gone through the terrible storms. Parts of Florida is still a booming place, lots of money to be made there. They better protect it.

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  • patb2009

    I am surprised NRC didn't issue them a waiver to operate with the cracked dome as long as
    the vent stacks were operating.

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  • nedlifromvermont

    Florida soon will be toast, from sea level rise, a problem the nuclear Hoax was never going to solve …

    But the real issue here will not be how to move Miamians northwards … in will be how to move the spent fuel at places like Turkey Point, south of Miami, where there is no surface gradient … the whole place is like at sea level plus a few inches …

    Are Floridians this Stupid??? That they can't see this train wreck coming???

    Shut the nuclear addiction down now, a real life Cold Turkey, and move the frickin' spent fuel while (if) you still can …

    Don't listen to the Toothless Toadies at NRC … they are trying to kill you and bleed you dry!!

    Bleedin' brilliiant!!

    peace …

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    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication


      "Are Floridians this Stupid??? That they can't see this train wreck coming???" Why no! Native Floridians have always known that the crooked politicians we have had (who moved in from somewhere else) are selling every square foot of arable land to big developers. Developers in Miami were the reason for the big Everglades money invested by the government to "restore" that part of the state (12 billion dollars of tax money). Read, reward developers in Miami with more water so they can continue building and making money. Just look at the intense development of the coastline of Florida. Just wait for a category 5 hurricane that will dispose of all the condos lining the water.

      There's money to be made? You bet! And it is being made at the expense of the planet and the quality of life for the natives in this state. As soon as they have Californicated Florida they will go somewhere else where there are big bucks to be made. The sooner the better as far as I am concerned. What do we have left?

      Let's hope that Progress Energy is not permitted to build Levy County I and II. I am unalterably opposed to those plants and I will continue to fight them in any way I can, even though the Public Service Commission seems determined to reward the big boys.

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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    How can the closing of an inanimate like the death of a family member?
    What a ridiculous statement.

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  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    "inanimate object"
    Reminds me of a video of Helen Caldicott describing the bizarre relationship of nuclear scientists working on bombs. Where they compared it to giving birth as well as sleeping with the bomb out in the field the night before it was detonated.

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  • weeman

    We get the shaft and the government gets the pletunium, people of Florida with hold your land taxes, civil disobedience order of the day.

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  • RADS

    The ironic part is there's most likely a death in your family because of cancer, from the operation of this weapons facility.

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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Nuclear Plants And Radioactive Water Contamination; via A Green Road

    Nuclear Spent Fuel/Radioactive Waste Storage; via A Green Road

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