WASHINGTON – A judicial panel of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission late yesterday agreed to review two measures brought by environmental groups on the proposed license extension of the Turkey Point reactor in Florida. But the panel, the Atomic Safety & Licensing Board, rejected requests to consider the impact of sea-level rise on the plant, which is south of Miami.
Turkey Point, owned by Florida Power & Light, is the first nuclear facility to seek a license to operate for 80 years. If it gets the license, it can stay in operation until 2053. The petitions were brought by Miami Waterkeeper, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and Friends of the Earth.