Final Report on the Cooling Canal Study at the FPL Turkey Point Power Plant Statement by Commissioner Rebeca Sosa
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY – Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez released yesterday the final report on the cooling canal study at the Florida Power and Light Turkey Point Power Plant requested by Commissioner Rebeca Sosa (Resolution No. R-517-15) who released the following statement:
“In the fulfillment of our foremost responsibility to enact proactive measures that protect Miami-Dade County’s most precious assets – our environment and its resources essential to human life – last December I sponsored legislation directing Mayor Carlos Gimenez to study issues of concern pertaining to the functionality of the cooling canal system operated by Florida Power and Light at its Turkey Point facility.
“The purpose of this study was to analyze issues including, but not limited to, salinity level, temperature levels, and the migration of a hyper-saline plume into the groundwater beyond the cooling canal system. As a result of the initial study released by the Mayor earlier this year, we learned of an elevated concentration of tritium in the deep groundwater extending as far as 2.1 miles east and up to 4.7 miles west of the cooling canal system.
“Following a public comment period, Mayor Gimenez released the final report on the cooling canal study yesterday. As the requestor of this report, I look forward to continuing to work closely with the scientific and environmental community, the County Administration, my fellow commissioners, and to continue to listen to the concerns of the community as we now work on implementing the measures recommended as part of the completed study.
“As I underscore the level of priority that I have given in order to identify the measures that must be enacted to resolve the outstanding operational issues related the cooling canal system, the community must be assured that we are taking proactive measures to protect Miami-Dade County’s source of drinking water, to protect Biscayne Bay, and to protect our environment and ecosystem.
“These efforts are already yielding meaningful effects in our community. On April 8th, FPL announced significant improvements in current and projected salinity levels in the cooling canal system and, as such, two 36 inch pipes withdrawing water from the L-31E canal would be removed. Two weeks ago today, State Senator Anitere Flores requested and convened a State Senate Field Hearing in Homestead on FPL's efforts to contain the spread of the underground salt water plume.
“As I study the recommendations proposed within the final report released by Mayor Gimenez, I remain committed and will steadfastly continue to advocate to protect your environment and your natural resources.”