Levy nuclear plant clears another hurdle

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NRC's environmental impact statement upheld

Special to the Beacon

An Atomic Safety and Licensing Board has rejected a challenge by two environmental groups to an application to license two new nuclear power reactors in Levy County, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. 

Progress Energy of Florida, now part of Duke Energy Corporation, has proposed building a two-unit nuclear reactor on a site between Inglis and Lebanon Station in south Levy County. While original plans called for breaking ground on the facility in 2009, it has been delayed until 2016. 

The three-member board of administrative judges, who are independent of the NRC staff, conducted an evidentiary hearing on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2012 in Bronson. 

Two groups — the Nuclear Information and Resource Service and the Ecology Party of Florida — claimed the NRC’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) issued on April 27, 2012, failed to adequately identify and assess the proposed Levy nuclear plant’s direct, indirect and cumulative environmental impacts on wetlands and groundwater resources. 

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