Environmental groups reach tentative settlement with FPL over Turkey Point plant

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Parties asked for a six-month stay on planned trial.

Environmental groups reached a tentative settlement agreement with Florida Power & Light over a lawsuit involving the Turkey Point nuclear plant.

A joint statement released by FPL and three plaintiffs suing the power giant confirmed peace was in sight. Organizations suing include Friends of the Everglades, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and the Tropical Audubon Society.

“The parties in the Clean Water Act lawsuit (FPL, FOE, SACE, TAS) have reached settlement in the suit and have requested a stay in the legal proceedings to allow the parties to present joint recommendations to DEP regarding permit conditions,” the joint statement reads.

“The settlement also addresses water quality in Biscayne Bay in a manner that will be good for Florida and the natural environment in and around FPL’s Turkey Point generating facility in Miami-Dade County.”

That comes after all parties filed a motion asking the court to stay the case for six months. A bench trial had been set for May 20.

A motion filed on Wednesday in the Southern District of Florida Federal Court indicates partied reached a “tentative resolution.”

“Finalizing such a resolution, however, will require a period of time to allow the parties to interact with the appropriate government agencies,” the motion reads.

Attorneys for all parties suggest six months time will allow the time and resources to conclude negotiations. That should “end all claims in this case.”

The Turkey Point plant has been the subject of litigation for years.

In 2016, the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami reversed a 2014 decision by Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet to approve construction of two FPL nuclear reactors near Homestead.

The same year, Friends of the Everglades, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and the Tropical Audubon Society filed a complaint in federal court alleging FPL unlawfully discharged pollutants into Biscayne Bay and the Biscayne Aquifer.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission last year issued a key approval on the project.

The federal agency at the time issued a statement stating FPL had addressed environmental concerns.

“The commission found the staff’s review of FPL’s application adequate to make the necessary regulatory safety and environmental findings,” read an agency statement.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Tony

    April 6, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    FPL (nextEra) has no interest in nuclear beyond a few more years. All of this is old legislation that will become mute and stale news.

    Should be an article on FPL strategy to keep solar out of the residents possession.

    • gary

      April 7, 2019 at 4:02 pm

      I am tired of the intellectually dishonest conversation about green energy. Ther cleanest & most cost-effective energy of them all is nuclear.

      Wind is not free, it is estimated the cost and pollution to build one wind-powered generator can never be recovered by the device in its natural lifetime! EPIC FAIL!

      Solar investment return is estimated to be 15-20 years. with the average homeowner selling their home in 8.5 years, it does not make a sense for Florida homeowners unless they know they are in their forever home and live long enough to recover the investment!

      Coal, nuclear and hydro are the best options!

  • Alphonso

    April 19, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Superdry males’s Germany Trophy Collection t-shirt.

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