Scott approves plan to add water to plant canals

Posted at 4:43 AM, Mar 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-30 04:45:30-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Cabinet are signing off on a plan to add millions of gallons water to canals at Florida Power & Light's Turkey Point power plant.

The governor and other elected officials approved the plan Tuesday, even though the owner of a nearby business said problems with the canals could soon force him to shut down his limerock mining operation.

Under the plan, FPL will draw up to 14 million gallons of water a day from wells and add it to the canals located near the nuclear power plant.

FPL officials maintain this will help reduce saline levels in the canals. A plume of salt water is already moving westward from the plant location.

The canals have had temperature and salinity issues since 2013, when FPL temporarily shut them down to increase power output, worsening an algae bloom.