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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Opposing the planned FPL lines

This issue has been going on for years now. FPL wants to install large 80 to 110 foot metal power lines along the US1 corridor, called the “Eastern Preferred Transmission Line Corridor." The lines would start at the Turkey Point nuclear plant, just east of Homestead.

The power that FPL plans to use the lines for will generate power for out of state customers of FPL, so we would not even benefit from the nuclear power they would transfer. They need the state's approval to move ahead. On Tuesday, May 13, there is a hearing in Tallahassee. The huge power poles would be the height of a 10-story building.

Local residents are concerned about the lines and feel that they should all be put underground at FPL's expense. Governor Rick Scott and his cabinet will decide this week if the plan should go ahead. 

The power lines are believed to be dangerous and also many feel they will not only be ugly, but they will hurt property values. In recent studies, mortality from Alzheimer’s disease doubled in people residing within 165 feet of similar transmission lines and childhood leukemia is twice as common within 600 feet of a transmission line. Properties within sight of a transmission lines lose 10% off their real estate value, with similar consequences for the local economy and tax base. UM economist, Dr. Richard Weisskoff, characterized FPL’s proposed transmission lines as, “…both the assassin and graveyard of economic activity and growth."

Sea level rise makes Turkey Point a bad place for nuclear plants. The new transmission lines are tied to development of two new nuclear reactors at Turkey Point, situated between two national parks on a hurricane-swept coastline subject to storm surge and inundation from sea level rise. Just this past week reports came out naming our area as one of the worst regarding rising sea levels.

FPL has projected only one foot of sea level rise over the life of the plants (until 2080). Scientists are projecting 2-4 feet over this period, and it could be higher.

Below is a simple email requesting that the State Deny OR at Least Defer the approval of FPL’s request. It is addressed to Connie Byrd, Office of Cabinet Affairs, Department of Environmental Protection.

The most effective way is to call. Email is the least effective. You cannot email them directly to the Governor, you must go to the Governor's website and submit it. If you do write the Governor, maybe you can remind him that his vote on this issue may decide his fate on election day, as he should listen to his constituents, and not FPL.

To call is easily done it only takes a few seconds just say “do not approve FPL’s request for transmission lines down US1.”

Governor Scott's Cabinet Affairs Office                                 
850-717-9239   

Fla. Dept of Environmental Protection
850-245-2024

If you do prefer to email, you can easily copy and paste the letter below, add your own signature and email to:

Contact for public comment regarding FPL project:
Connie.Byrd@dep.state.fl.us

Here is the letter:

To Contact for Public Comments Regarding FPL Project

Dear Ms. Byrd,

Please Deny or Defer Florida Power & Lights (FPL) Request for placement of transmission lines In Miami-Dade Corridors.

If built, such plant expansion and transmission line corridors will negatively impact and burden our Miami-Dade County community, with more than 2 million residents.

Inconsistency with land use and zoning laws, non-compliance with historical and architectural resources preservation, lack of NRC approval, poor

Transmission line pole strength, earth quake or fault line shifting storm surge possibilities, sea level rise, dense urban population, and lack of compliance with the power plant siting act are all of critical importance to the Siting Board DENIAL of this project, or at a minimum, a DEFERRAL until after NRC approvals to have time for the ALJ to review these other issues.

Sincerely,
and add your name and city

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5 Comments:

Anonymous swlip said...

Good to see that this blog can still be relied on to provide a level-headed costs/benefits analysis of every proposal that might impact the Grove.

May 11, 2014 10:47 AM  
Anonymous Marc said...

"The power that FPL plans to use the lines for will generate power for out of state customers of FPL, so we would not even benefit from the nuclear power they would transfer."

This is somewhat inaccurate, FPL feeds the "grid" as all power companies do. When there is a storm up north (NY/NJ/Carolinas) they buy power from FPL. When FPL depowers during refueling or hurricanes, FPL customers are buying power from our northern suppliers.

Nuclear provides most power for the price.

Marc

May 12, 2014 9:48 PM  
Anonymous Jady said...

Funny timing for this report on "irreversible glacial melt"
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-12/antarctic-glacier-melt-appears-unstoppable-nasa-says.html

May 13, 2014 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the intelligent thinking. Let's just forget electricity. Who needs it? Lets' also get rid of cars, dentistry, and medical care. Let's go back to the middle ages when everything was organic and wonderful. Some would say this is the bantering of simpleton hippie morons, but that would be not only hostile but wrong. We can get from Miami to New York on our feet, eating whatever is in season from the local farmer's markets. Utopia! Some people. Not only are they hostile, but they just can't see the big picture.

May 15, 2014 8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FPL lobbyist at 8:59 AM.

May 17, 2014 12:45 PM  

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