Thursday, February 9, 2017

FPL Wins Battle to Store Radioactive Waste Under Miami's Drinking Water Aquifer

Today in Insanity

It isn't everyday that a power company gets permission to store nuclear waste in proximity to the water supply for a major American metropolitant area.

But today's that day!!!

South Florida sits atop two gigantic underground stores of water: the Biscayne and Floridan Aquifers. Miamians get most of their drinking water from the upper Biscayne Aquifer, while the government has used the lower portion of the Floridian to dump waste and untreated sewage — despite the fact that multiple studies have warned that waste could one day seep into the drinking water.
So environmentalists are concerned that Florida Power & Light now wants to dump full-on radioactive waste into the that lower water table, called the Boulder Zone.

Of course, regulators could stop them, Oh, maybe not.

As part of that package, FPL told the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission that it plans to store contaminated water used to clean the reactors, as well as radioactive waste ("radwaste") in the Boulder Zone. In October, the NRC issued a report, stating FPL's plan would pose "no environmental impacts" to the South Florida environment.

Although not stated, it may be that the NRC felt that global warming now being unchecked by the new administration would probably doom south Florida long before the radioactive waste got them.

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