ADVISORY: Upcoming Miami-Dade Commission Meeting to Discuss New Reports Showing FPL is Exacerbating Pollution in Biscayne Aquifer and Biscayne National Park

Guest Blog | March 1, 2016

Contact: Jennifer Rennicks, SACE, 865.235.1448, [email protected]


Miami, Fla. – On Tuesday, March 8th at 9:30 a.m. ET, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners will meet to discuss recent data results prepared by the University of Miami (UM) and Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resource Management (DERM) regarding discharges from Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point Cooling Canal System into South Florida’s drinking water source and Biscayne National Park.

Representatives from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) will address the Commission and highlight findings from the recent UM study ordered by the Commission and the Miami-Dade County DERM Staff analysis that document contamination into Miami-Dade County’s water supply as well as into the adjacent national park.

FPL’s water-intensive Turkey Point nuclear plant (located in Miami-Dade County near Homestead, about 25 miles south of Miami) is one of Florida’s biggest daily water users, and in return leaves behind 600,000 pounds of salt and other contaminants in the Biscayne Aquifer on a daily basis. The Biscayne Aquifer is a “sole source,” federally designated aquifer that serves more than 3 million people.

Public comments on the newly released study are due by March 18, 2016 and can be submitted online via this form.

Representatives from SACE will be available for comment with the media prior to and following the presentation to the Commission.


WHEN: Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 9:30, a.m. ET


WHERE: Stephen P. Clark Government Center; 111 NW 1st Street; Commission Chambers; Miami, Florida 33128


The meeting and presentations can also be streamed live on March 8th via the Commission’s webcast link here.




About Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

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