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CONCERNED WITH THE HIGH COSTS OF BUILDING NEW NUCLEAR REACTORS IN FLORIDA?

**ATTEND FLORIDA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION HEARINGS**

SEPTEMBER 8-11, 2009 IN TALLAHASSEE

FPL_Turkey_PointProgress Energy of Florida and Florida Power & Light each want to build two costly new nuclear reactors in Florida. The utilities have asked the FL PSC to approve early recovery of costs, which could raise your electric bill before the reactors even produce electricity, if they are ever even built. Attend FL PSC hearings beginning September 8, 2009. It is not fair for the utilities to dip into Floridian’s pocketbooks to pay in advance for building costly and risky new nuclear reactors at FPL’s Turkey Point nuclear plant near Miami and the proposed Progress Energy of Florida’s Levy County site. The PSC will issue a final decision by October 26, 2009.

Instead, Florida needs to move toward energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy that can protect Florida’s families and businesses from financial risk as well as preserve Florida’s vital natural resources on which our economy relies.

WHAT:
The hearings begin at 9:30 am on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 and continue through the week at the FL PSC in Tallahassee and will focus on the financial issues associated with building new nuclear reactors in Florida. Expert witnesses from the utilities, Office of Public Counsel, and intervening parties, including SACE, will testify throughout the week.

To access all the information relevant to this docket, visit http://www.psc.state.fl.us/dockets/cms/docketdetails.aspx?docket=090009. HOW:
Attend the FL PSC hearings 9/8-11/2009:
The hearings will be held in Room 148 of the Betty Easley Conference Center at the FL PSC beginning at 9:30 am on Tuesday, September 8 and will be held through Friday, September 11, 2009. The conference center is located at 4075 Esplanade Way in Tallahassee. For directions and parking, click here. To check on the calendar for the agenda, visit http://www.psc.state.fl.us/agendas/pdf/calendar.pdf. The PSC Chairman has decided that public comments cannot be given at the meeting but written comments will be accepted.Submit Written Comments:
Submit written comments to the FL PSC in advance of the October 26, 2009 decision. Please make sure to reference Docket 090009.
Email: contact@psc.state.fl.us, reference Docket 090009 in the subject line

Mail: Florida Public Service Commission

2540 Schumard Oak Blvd.

Tallahassee, FL 32399

Reference Docket 090009

Other: Information on the Commissioners can be found at http://www.psc.state.fl.us/about/commissioners/index.aspx

In addition to the PSC, concerned citizens can also call or mail comments to the Office of Public Counsel. Include reference to Docket 090009:

Office of Public Counsel
111 West Madison Street, Room 812
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1400
Phone: 850-488-9330 or 800-342-0222

Listen to the hearings online at http://www.psc.state.fl.us/agendas/audiovideo/index.aspx.


Background Information:

Ultimately due to legislation passed by the Florida Assembly in 2006 encouraging development in nuclear power, FPL and Progress in March 2009 asked the FL PSC to approve early recovery of costs associated with building these four new nuclear reactors. The Office of Public Counsel, the Florida Industrial Power Users Group, White Springs Agricultural Chemicals, Inc./PCS Phosphate – White Springs, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, and the Federal Executive Agencies have each been granted intervention in this docket. View the Notice of Hearing at http://www.psc.state.fl.us/library/filings/09/08471-09/08471-09.pdf.

For more information on the high costs of building new reactors in Florida, please visit http://www.cleanenergy.org/prevent-new-reactors-in-florida.

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