Environmentalist responds to approval of nuclear plants

07/15/08 Robert Lorei
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According to the Associated Press, St. Petersburg-based, Progress Energy, has won approval from a state regulatory agency to build two new nuclear power plants.

The Public Service Commission approved the request today for new reactors in Levy County along the Gulf Coast, about 10 miles north of Crystal River. They would be the first new nuclear generating plants built in Florida since 1983.

Progress Energy serves about 1.7 million customers in Florida, mostly in the Tampa Bay area, the Orlando suburbs and the Big Bend region stretching along the Gulf of Mexico.

Florida's largest electric utility, Florida Power & Light, was given the okay in March to go ahead with plans for two new nuclear generators at its Turkey Point facility in South Florida.

We're joined now by Holly Binns, who is the field co-ordinator of Environmnet Florida; she will give us her group's perspective on today's decision.

For more information, visit Environment Florida.

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