Board of County Commissioners Urges Public Service Commission to Protect Consumers from FPL Environmental Clean-up Costs
The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Levine Cava urging the Florida Public Service Commission to not allow FPL to charge their customers for the cost of cleaning up the pollution caused by the Turkey Point cooling canal system.
Representatives of the Utility revealed at a Florida Senate field hearing in Homestead that they intended to ask the PSC to allow them to pass the cost of the cleanup onto their customers. The Utility has pegged the cleanup cost at approximately $50 million in the first year, with an expectation that there will be additional expenses in the years to come.
"I find it especially troubling that FPL is expecting us, their customers, to pay for the mess they created and could have been avoided," stated Commissioner Levine Cava. "The County and environmental groups have been telling the utility for years that the saltwater contamination they were seeing in our aquifer was coming from their plant, but FPL did not admit it was culpable until very recently." Commissioner Levine Cava expressed appreciation that the electric utility is now working with the County regulators to devise a cleanup plan, but was disappointed that the company would look to the public to pay their cleanup costs. "I am thankful for the support of the County Commission in their unanimous support. Hopefully the Public Service Commission will heed our call to protect us from something that is clearly FPL's responsibility."