Nuclear power plant leaking into Florida bay

A Miami-Dade County study in Biscayne Bay found high levels of a radioactive isotope linked to water from canals at Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point nuclear power plant.

The Miami Herald reports that county commissioners called for quicker action and closer scrutiny during a meeting Tuesday. Lee Hefty, the county’s chief environmental regulator, said he plans to issue a violation against the utility.

The study released Monday by County Mayor Carlos Gimenez says water sampling in December and January found tritium levels up to 215 times higher than normal in ocean water. The study comes two weeks after a Tallahassee judge ordered FPL and the state to clean up the nuclear power plant’s cooling canals.

FPL spokeswoman Bianca Cruz said Tuesday that the utility is working to improve conditions at the canals and analyzing data from various sample points.

A Miami-Dade County study in Biscayne Bay found high levels of a radioactive isotope linked to water from canals at Florida Power & Light's Turkey Point nuclear power plant. — PHOTO: FPL
A Miami-Dade County study in Biscayne Bay found high levels of a radioactive isotope linked to water from canals at Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point nuclear power plant. — PHOTO: FPL