FP&L Victorious in Orimulsion Suit
Florida Power & Light Co. seems to have finally won the Orimulsion battle that has been ongoing since 1994. FP&L has been working for approval to burn Orimulsion in its Manatee facility in Parrish, Fla. FP&L made a successful six month test burn at its Sanford, Fla. plant several years ago. Environmentalists had challenged use of Orimulsion due to perceived risk of spills or an increase in air pollution.
Following several weeks of hearings, J. Lawrence Johnston, administrative law judge, approved Orimulsion use in the plant, with several pollution and shipping controls. FP&L spokesmen noted that the recommendation for most of the controls came from the utility itself.
Orimulsion, produced in Venezuela, is similar to No. 6 fuel oil. It is composed of 30 percent water and 70 percent natural bitumen. p