June 19, 1972
ijr. David H. Levin, Chairman
State of Florida-
Departm;ent of Pollution Control
315 South' Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Dear Chairman Levin:
The Governing Board of the Southwest Florida after r Management District has
acted to officially bring to the attention of your Board our de-ep concern
that the proposed "numne;rical temperature -standards for the discharge of
cooling waters" would -- if adopted -- cause the electric utility industry
of Florida to design and construct more fure e electric power plants at in-
land sites using fresh ground and surface waters for cooling and vast upland,
above ground, man-made reservoirs for storage -- all to the detriment of the
natural environment and the fresh water resources of the state.
One pending application, Florida Po:wer and Light Company's "Willow" site in n
IManatee County, will require over 4,000 acres of above ground reservoir stor-
age and a conservatively estimated 20 million gallons per day (about one-half
of the City of Tam-pa's daily volume) of fresh w::ater from the Little iLanatee
River. The [Department of Natural Resources is now considering this applica-
tion. If granted, it would mean the cc:1;mitrme-nt of about 20 percent of the
long-term average base flow. of the Little manatee River for this purpose --
and committing it for probably the next fifty years. The 4,000 acres of up-
land terrestrial loss, the consequences of a failure in impounding dikes of
this kind, and the commitment of this percentage of the Little iManatoe River
(w'hicih will be an important domestic and agricultural water use for the local
area in the future), should be carefully weighed against the possible lesser
effects of constructing this plant at the Port ;.anatee site.
This District requests that the proposed temperature standards be amended
prior to adoption so that the option for the construction of plants on the
estuaries remains open even though it would require construction to rigid
temperature specifications. This would leave thIc possibility for some plants
on som;re estuaries where your now requirements could be met and would not
i force the construction of plants -- tf-hat nay have been built to use salt
water for cooling -- to an upland site tchat uses fresh water,
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Ir. Iavid H. Levin, Chailr-1-an
June 19, 1972
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With the fresh water resources of the state much less plentiful for cooling
than the salt water resources -- especially in coastal areas -- we believe
the possibilities for salt water cooling should be as available as possible.
We would not want to trade one environmental problem for another by not
thoroughly searching out all of the possibilities to have the electric power
utility cause the least overall environ;:cntal damage.
We request that this letter be entered into the record of your public hearing
on June 26th in ia. Ami and that it also be entered into the record at your
public rmieeting on June 29th in Bradenton.
Very truly yours,
DERRILL S. MICATEER
Chairman, Board of Governors
cc: Mr. John R. Iiddlemas
fir. George Ruppel
HIr. James F. Redford, Jr.
Mr. A. D. Vincent
Mr. Vincent Patton
I ir. Randolph Hodges
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