Critics of Progress Energy’s proposed Levy County nuclear plant will have another chance to voice their opposition to the facility that some say will hurt the area’s environment and damage the local aquifer.
The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) will hold two public meetings Jan. 12 to hear additional comments about the proposed facility. The plant would include two 1,100-megwatt Westinghouse reactors, each capable of generating enough power for nearly 900,000 homes.
There are 60,000 Progress Energy customers in Marion County and 1.6 million throughout Florida.
The hearing is the result of a legal challenge by three environmental groups claiming that Progress and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission failed to identify negative environmental impacts of the proposed plant, especially those related to the withdrawal of water to operate the plant and what the plant will do with its nuclear waste.
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