Plans to build four nuclear reactors in Florida received a boost Thursday when the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved a new reactor design. Progress Energy Florida and Florida Power & Light, along with utilities in other southeastern states, have proposed using a Westinghouse reactor design known as the AP1000. The NRC certified the use of the design for 15 years, after a lengthy review that included looking at safety issues, according to a commission news release. Progress has proposed building two reactors in Levy County, while FPL has proposed building two in Miami-Dade. It likely would be another decade, however, before the multibillion-dollar projects could start producing electricity.
Via The News Service of Florida