Florida Power & Light (FPL) has signed a consent order with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) that finalizes a long-term plan to remove hypersaline water from areas surrounding the cooling canals used by the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant.
The plan complements the actions taken by FPL in the last year to reduce salinity in the cooling system and improve the overall efficiency of the canal system.
In a press release issued Monday, FPL said, “The site’s recent water quality challenges involving the cooling canal system do not impact the safety of the plant or public health.”
The consent order is the result of a months-long process and was developed in consultation with regulatory agencies and independent experts in hydrology, environmental conservation, and wildlife protection. As part of the plan, FPL will install a recovery system to capture hypersaline groundwater and relocate to deep bedrock that is isolated from drinking water sources.
The utility will also undertake restoration projects on the east side of the cooling canals to protect the quality of surface water in Biscayne Bay.
FPL is currently constructing a system that will refresh the canals with up to 14 million gallons per day of Floridan aquifer water, helping keep salinity levels in balance with Biscayne Bay.