Public Service Commission to discuss Crystal River nuke project

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The state Public Service Commission has scheduled an Oct. 30 meeting to discuss Progress Energy Florida’s Crystal River nuclear power plant, which has been shut down since 2009 because of damage to a containment building.

The meeting likely will be the first public discussion since Progress’ parent company, Duke Energy, released a consultant’s report indicating it would cost at least $1.5 billion to repair the plant. In releasing the report Oct. 1, Duke said it had not decided whether to repair the plant or shut it down for good. In a notice posted on the PSC website, the Oct. 30 meeting is described as a status conference that will include discussion of “Progress Energy Florida’s repair or retire decision” along with issues such as the scheduling of any repairs to the idled reactor. Consumer and business groups are closely watching the case, at least in part of the potential costs.

Via The News Service of Florida.

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