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ADVISORY: Elected Officials, Advocates to Discuss FPL’s Contaminated Discharges into Biscayne Aquifer and Biscayne National Park

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Contact: Jennifer Rennicks, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, 865-235-1448, jennifer@cleanenergy.org

ADVISORY: Elected Officials, Advocates to Discuss FPL’s Contaminated Discharges into Biscayne Aquifer and Biscayne National Park

Miami, Fla. – Tomorrow, on Tuesday, March 22nd at 11:00 a.m. ET, elected officials and advocates will hold a press conference at Miami City Hall to discuss new studies confirming contaminated water is leaking from Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point Cooling Canal System.

State Representative José Javier Rodríguez, Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado as well as representatives from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) and Tropical Audubon Society will address findings from a University of Miami study as well as a Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resource Management (DERM) staff analysis that document pollution into the Biscayne Aquifer, a sole source aquifer that provides drinking water to more than 3 million people in the region, and the neighboring Biscayne National Park.

The water-intensive Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station (located near Homestead, about 25 miles south of downtown Miami) is one of Florida’s biggest daily water users, and returns approximately 600,000 pounds of salt and other contaminants directly into the Biscayne Aquifer on a daily basis.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 11:00, a.m. ET

WHERE: Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida

SPEAKERS:

State Representative José Javier Rodríguez

The Honorable Tomás Regalado, City of Miami Mayor

Dr. Stephen A. Smith, Executive Director, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Laura Reynolds, Consultant to the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

The Honorable Carlos A. Giménez, Mayor of Miami-Dade – invited

Jose Barros, President, Tropical Audubon Society – invited

Superintendent Bill Cox, Biscayne National Park – invited

 

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Founded in 1985, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy promotes responsible energy choices that work to address the impacts of Global Climate Change and ensure clean, safe, and healthy communities throughout the Southeast. Learn more at www.cleanenergy.org.

Tropical Audubon Society endeavors to conserve and restore natural South Florida ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats through advocacy and education for the benefit of biological diversity and humanity itself.