Public Hearings this Week to Discuss Possible Impacts from FPL’s Proposed Nuclear Reactor Expansion at Turkey Point

Guest Blog | April 21, 2015 |

Citizens, Organizations Gather to Express Concerns about Federal Licensing


Alison Zemanski Heis, National Parks Conservation Association, 202-384-8762 or [email protected]

Matthew Schwartz, South Florida Wildlands Association, 954-993-5351

Jen Rennicks, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, 865-235-1448

Laura Reynolds, Tropical Audubon, 786-543-1926


What: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is holding important public hearings this Wednesday, April 22 in Miami and two hearings on Thursday, April 23 in Homestead to hear from residents, communities, organizations, elected officials and businesses regarding the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) issued by the NRC for two new proposed nuclear reactors at the Turkey Point facility near Homestead. The public is encouraged to attend and comment.

If approved, the two new reactors, which may operate for 60 or more years, would make the Turkey Point facility one of the largest nuclear plants in the country, would require using massive amounts of water and could degrade water quality, threaten the drinking water supply, and jeopardize critical wildlife habitat for neighboring Biscayne National Park and ongoing Everglades restoration efforts. This is likely the last opportunity for the public to voice their concerns before a final EIS is issued.


When & Where:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Florida International University

Stadium Club Room

FUI Stadium

11200 S.W. 8th Street

Miami, Florida 33196


Thursday, April 23, 2015

First Session: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Second Session: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Hampton Inn and Suites Miami-South/Homestead

Reef Room

2855 N.E. 9th Street

Homestead, Florida 33033


Who: Local residents and advocates including Center for Biological Diversity, National Parks Conservation Association, Sierra Club, South Florida Wildlands Association, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Tropical Audubon and others will be available for media interviews regarding the threats the proposed Turkey Point expansion poses to Everglades and Biscayne National Parks and surrounding communities.


How: The public can sign up to speak at the meeting; a sign-up sheet will be available on a first-come-first-to-speak basis. The NRC is accepting written comments until May 22, 2015. Public comments may be emailed to [email protected] or by regular mail: Cindy Bladey, Office of Administration, Mail Stop: OWFN 12 H8, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001.


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* Center for Biological Diversity * National Parks Conservation Association * Sierra Club National Nuclear Free Campaign * Sierra Club Miami, Calusa & Loxahatchee Groups * South Florida Wildlands Association * Southern Alliance for Clean Energy * Tropical Audubon *