The Arcadian, Thursday, May 1, 197
IU) u FPCL ExplainsI
ifi6 i ^ Power Plant
0 0"- By BILL HACKNEY BARROW, meanwhile, discussed the '
..-." n7" Flown from Tampa to Los Angeles utility's plans to use the Peace River
and back lately? for cooling the plant. He basically
s, 'q If you have, you were exposed to recapped his presentation three weeks
o o more radiation than you'd receive in a ago to the Southwest Florida Water
whole year of standing beside a fence Management Board in Brooksville.
c b post at the property line of the nuclear Both men made it clear that they
power plant proposed by Florida Power valued informal contacts from the
o & Light for DeSoto County, an FP&L public on potential problems raised by
Spokesman said last week. the plant. "We're interested in any
o That was just one of the observations questions or reservations that you
Made at a "dutch-treat" luncheon might.have," Dunlop said. "We would
o o Wednesday in Arcadia, as about two like to get your input."
S3 dozen cvic leaders got a peek at the He responded to a letter which
^ L, utility's plans for its 20,300-acre power recently appeared in The Arcadian i
0 | e plant site six miles north of Arcadia. from Mr. and Mrs. Tex Stout, the
w ol owners of The Canoe Outpost west of
D W S "WE WANT you to know how im- Arcadia. They had invited the Swift-
=3 ,3 portant this site is," said FP&L vice mud board to a free canoe trip down the
a president Dr. Donald Dunlop. "Not only river, suggesting it "would give a
0 to the Company and our customers, but better insight" into their decision.
S3 to the state."
S Dunlop and environmental affairs "WE THINK a canoe trip would be
2 t ,C specialist "Buzz" Barrow spent about
specialist "Buzz" arro spent about very useful," said Dunlop. "We'd like
a half of their time briefing the govern- to go, too, paying our on way. The
S. < ment and business leaders in FP&L's utility, he said, didn't want to do
-. -current plans for the facility which anything to disturb the "scenic views"
3 could be the largest power plant ever or "public rights" along the river.
.b.... built in Florida Barrow said water will be drawn
aThey also spent about 30 minutes from the river only at high flow periods.
S| Manswering questions about the project. Over a year, he said, the water used up
STe radiation dosage to a fence-post by the plant will amount to about 13 per
S aC. observer was in response to a query cet of the annual flow past Arcadia.
0 about the safety standards of a nuclear Further downstream, in the
Generator. Charlotte Harbor area, the plant's
SALONG TE same lines, Dunlop 82,000-gallon-per-minute usage would
r -.ALONG THE same lines, Dunlop also
S" - ' j noted that it was impossible for a amount to 7 per cent the average
nuclear plant to explode, and said the annual river flow, he said.
u g w 2 only emissions from the facility would
S 0 f^2 -- S-S (be gaseous emissions in a very small A WATER study commissioned for
? 1 C 3 = =., quantity. The resulting radiation, he FP&L showed that few population
'. o .. -5 said, would be much less than the centers or agricultural users would be
^ o background radiation that existed able to make efficient use of the river
s "normally., water, Barrow said. The Port
o = "The limits set forth by the federal Charlotte-North Port area was the only
f- -- J L- _ 5 .' Nuclear Regulatory Commission are population center that might have a
S V: S-' :_ S-. very stringent," Dunlop said. logical need for it, he said.
E |_ S A key limit, he added, is known as the FP&L's report, written by Black,
= "fence-post cow rule." Simply put, that Crow and Eidsness, Inc., said the water
S means the radiation exposure to a cow quality of the river made it "not par-
a *' &r ^ r. standing at a fence post on the property ticularly desirable" as a public water
Ji a' -, line of a nuclear power plant cannot source, largely because of massive
-. i -, ^C I ... exceed 3 per cent of the normal algae blooms and the possibility of
"",' i 2 background radiation. Continued on Page Five