FP&L River Use Questioned
From PIig I -od of electrical production. The radioac- Arcadia, was chosen for numerous rea-
Black, Crow and Eidsness in the Peace tive wastes from the plant will not be sons, only one of them being the state's
"River Basin showed FP L would not be stored in Florida, he said, anti-pollution standards protecting es-
tuaries from thermal effluent from
"competing with other users. They also power plants
stressed that the big cooling reservoir Estimating 25 years into early 21st por
had promise of "many other uses. Century as the time needed to com- THE AVAILABILITY of land and its
plete the multi-unit plant the two FP&L cost were first considerations, followed i
Barrow said the plant would not have officials stressed that construction would such additional s er site fto
"to divert water from the river for as long employ more than 3.000 men for some as hurricane protection, the cost and en-
as two years during a drought. The res- 20 years, with construction crews drop- vironmental impact of conduit pipes for
ervoir would have a storage capacity of ping off and a permanent crew of some rnmenta conduit pi
165 billion gallons, but it would evapo- 500 operators taking their place. inake and discharge, all enhancing the
rate at the rate of 82.000 gallons a min- land ste as the most d ablethey
ute through plat use. If the plant is fired by fossil fuel, the said.
payrolls would be cut in half, they es- Yesterday's briefing carried no of-
timated. ficial application, but was FP&L's at-
DR. DUNLOP said emphatically tnat tempt to explain its preliminary plan-
"FP&L wants to make the plant nuclear Company officials said the DcSoto ning to head off conjecture and what it
"as the cheapest and safest proven meth- County site, some six miles northeast of called misleading press accounts.
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Tribune Staff Writer C larbo r. and for agriculture, which cannot use
TWHsalt water," remarked Derrill McAteer,
BROOKSVILLE Southwest Florida ANOTHER, GERALD PARKER, sen- board chairman.
Water Management scientists burt- a ior water scientist, said the estuary and DR. DON DUNLOP, FP&L vice presi-
q TT ?Tr.fiens'-dperi'7"eter around the its flora and fauna have adjusted to the dent, said, "I think the board will want
Peace River yesterday to challenge fresh water coming down the river and to consider very carefully whether the
Florida Power and Light Co.'s bid to use that much diversion might have consid- best interest of the state and the nation
it for cooling a giant nuclear power plant erable impact. are served by a policy forcing utilities to
at Arcadia. Anticipating the skepticism, FP &L use either fresh water or salt water
They threw immediate questions officials promised lengthy studies, but exclusively. In the long run, we expect
about FP&L plans to divert Jl million were just as insistent the environmental that it will be necessary for us to use
gallons per day from the river one impact of the river diversion and power some of both.".
seventh of its flow to fill a 16.000 acre plant would not be harmful.
reservoir as part of the 12,000 megawatt The FP&L officials were also alert to Dunlop and W. J. Barrow, senior proj-
complex. belief among some water management ect coordinator for FP&L, told the board
One SWFWMD hydrologist called it board members that power plants should that preliminary water use studies by
"scalping" the river and a lionl if be built on salt water. Please See Page 2, Col i
the diversion would mean tie Peace "We feel there is a better use for a '1