County tells state nuclear plants location is OK

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But at the same time it set conditions on the plant getting site certification

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

The Levy County Commission gave its blessing — with conditions — for the state to approve Progress Energy’s Site Certification application for a new nuclear plant.

The county is just one of many agencies participating in the process that is expected to lead to the construction of a new two-unit nuclear power plant near Inglis. Construction is expected to begin next year and continue through the startup of the second unit in 2017.

The commission’s approval, one of many the company must meet, came in its regular meeting Tuesday.

County Attorney Anne Bast Brown said the Final Agency Report for site and associated facilities is part of a state permitting process

This report is a recommendation to the state to approve Progress Energy’s Site Certification Application. Approval of the state application would allow Progress to move 1 step toward construction. The plan still needs federal approval.

Progress still has to come back to the county with their final detailed site plan and go through the process for a special exception to the county’s zoning rules.

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