Staff recommends Cabinet approval of 2 Turkey Point nuclear reactors

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Staff members for both Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet are advising for the approval of Florida Power & Light’s proposal to build two nuclear reactors at Turkey Point in Miami-Dade County.

Among the recommendations is the approval of corridors for the lines, construction of support buildings and related electrical transmission lines.

On Tuesday, May 13, the recommendations go before Scott and the Cabinet — Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Attorney General Pam Bondi, and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam – who will act as the power-plant siting board when they vote on the plan.

In December, Administrative Judge D.R. Alexander handed out an endorsement for Scott and the Cabinet to approve “certification” for the Turkey Point complex, with the construction and operation of the two 1,100-megawatt nuclear reactors.

Cabinet approval is the next step of an extended process — including gaining federal approval — that will lead up to FPL construction of the reactors. Once FPL gets the okay to build the reactors, it could be as long as a decade before the reactors will produce electricity.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.