Huge Reservoir Planned
By BILL HACKNEY able to continue power plant operation w
Florida Power & Light formally for a period of almost two years without f 7coinefrmpeoe
unveiled tentative plans Wednesday for withdrawing any water from the Peace r S O l1 I0 T-----Continued from Page One_____
a massive power plant in northern River," Barrow said.
DeSoto County east of Brownville. abl tocontin e p p a o
An FP&L spokesman said his BESIDES the details on water use, r &
company "hoped to make it a nuclear the FP&L officials also touched briefly not known," Barrow said. "Therefore, pension ft vironmental report before licensinff by
plant, because nuclear energy is clean, on other aspects of the plant at Wed- we don't have a plant construction Pee Nuclear Regulatory Commission
it is safe and it is the cheapest proven nesday's meeting. time-table yet. But our planning There is still a lodn wa to go before and the Florida Department ofP
means of producing electricity now Ultimately, they said, the plant could department tells us that our installed ^h riant comess ^ r^^ ^^, pi Pollution Control.
available. have a generating capacity of 12,000 capacity will have to be more than
Two high-level FP&L officials went megawatts. That's well over FP&L's doubled just within the next 15 years. c b lt ny oB sarrow an .on Dunlop, he environmental statement covers
before the Southwest Florida Water ca, rrent generating capacity for its by 1990.w t the aepts vce President of en- all facets of developing a power plant
Management District (Swiftmud) in entire system, and about 2g/2 percent of onmenal ayet.Buto including terrestrial and aquatic
Brooksville yesterday to present their the electrical generating capacity in od tep company decides to go with Wednesday t.at, e presentation was biology, seismology, meteorology,
cavie for the plant, which will occupy a America today. But that won't happen conventional power, Dunlap Barrow pa m r&Ls verae lann^ water quality and use, aesthetics, air
2T.300-acre tract recently purchased until some time after the turn of the sadi the manpower requirements will process, and that the plans are ten- quality, noise, associated transmission
from American Agronomicsd century. be reduced by one-half, and ex- tative until approved by the company9- lines and socio-economic impact.
Not surprisingly, most of their "Depending on the continuing penditures will decrease by about one- board o directors.
present ftion centered around the use of assessment of energy needs, we expect third. "At this time, however, our BARROW NOTED meanwhile, that nDunl bu Bdrontanfic^ ^ ^
water to cool the giant nuclear reactors (^ start construction on the DeSoto site company is planning to use nuclear fuel both federal and state agencies require completed To? a~pprx ate^ ^^
4 planned by FP&L. Some of those late in the 1970s or early 1980s," Barrow to meet the need for basroad ex- completion of a comprehensive en- ears a
quantities of water are staggering. Two said. "This is an ongoing construction
highlights: project, which will last approximately
+ FP&L will dredge a 25-square mile 25 years."
lake around the plant site with a depth of a
ranging from 9 to 32 feet. The reservoir l
will have over twice the combined area TWO OR three i nton he saidng could beI
of Lake Placid and Lake June-in p in service by 1990. Approximately 150
^^ine. operating employes will be needed to
+ THE company wants to pump an run each operating unit.
average 150,000 gallons of water a The construction cost figures are also '
minute from the nearby Peace River staggering for this area. Each nuclear
when the river flow permits. An unit costs approximately $300 million
average of 68.000 gpm will be returned which means that thw entire project
to the river through seepage and cound cost over a3t5 billion.
discharge, the spokesmen said. uf a new nuclear unit is started every
"aWe anticipate withdrawing water tw or three ycs r cs as is possible, the .
from the river only during its high eow construction force at the site could peak
period, when most of the water simply out at about 3,000 to 3,500 people over a
goes down to the Gulf of Mexico where and od of 18 years(The estimated work oe
it is actually wasted," ensid. Intal force in DeSoto runiti on ty rt 1e every
"project coordinator W. J. Barrow told be wao of comparison, was 4,800.) 'is p
the Swiftmud board.
"The reservoir, once filled, will have "THE EXACT amount of energyak
pea capacity of approximately 160 billion production capacity that will be needed -