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De Soto nuclear plant getsc@l reception
By LUCY WARE MORGAN cheapest proven means of producing electricity now available. THE DISTRICT has strongly denounced State Depart-
St. Petersburg Times Staff Writer DUNLOP said the plant will need about 118-million gal- "ent of Pollution Control regulations that restrict development
BROOKSVILLE Plans for a 12,000-megawatt Florida Ions of water a day to maintain its cooling reservoir, but will only of power plants1t satwatel locations because of the potential
4 Power & Light Co. nuclear generating plant received a cool draw water from the Peace River during periods of heavy rain- dangr to the state smlted ^pp^' offreshwater
t reception Wednesday as the Southwest Florida Water Manage- fall. The plant will have the capability of withdrawing about Itseems etched to destroy 20,000 acres for a power
i \ ment District questioned its potential effect on the environment 1.3-billion gallons of water a day from the river when it is at flood plant reservol^ whe" we are ^""""ded by saltwater, said
of Southwest Florida. stage board member S. C. Bud. Bexley of Land O'Lakes.
Officials of the Miami-based utility briefed the district The water will be stored in a 16,000-acre (25-square miles) Although the district charged with the protection of
I board members on plans for a De Soto County plant in their first reservoir. freshwater areas views the nland location of the plant as a
r public presentation on the project. Officials said their appear- The project would include a multi-phased construction ,ro more serlous envlronmental great Florida Power & Light of,-
ance was prompted by "an unfortunate series of circumstances" gram beginning in the late 1970's or early la ter they Iwe the environmental dimI might be
that resulted in the premature release of information about their a 25-year period.more signifcant at a saltwater site.
plans. Several district hydrologists questioned the loss of "flush-
ITS SIZE would make it by far the largest generating plant ing" water that naturally cleans out flood plains and estuaries
DON DUNLOP, a company vice president responsible for in the state, dwarfing the current output of Central and South downstream from the plant site, and possible changes in the sa-
environmental affairs said "information and misinformation Florida's power production. linity of the water in Charlotte Harbor where the Peace River
about the proposal had become public knowledge before officials M
could complete a series of"informal" presentations to interested Dunlop said the company will conduct a two-year environ- empties into the ult ot Mexico.
public groups that were designed to get input on the proposed mental p on the proposed p t before it comes back to District officials also challenged a Florida Power & Light
project. the district seeking permits for the project, contention that the Peace River is already unsuitable for drink-
^ f ( Florida Power &Light officials refused to release or confirm ^^rl investigation of the plant also will include a look at the ing water, sayin^ t a requests from some agencies who plan to
information on the project in February when The St. Petersburg possible multiple use that could be derived from the proposed use the Peace for municipal water supplies.
\ ; f. '\ Times disclosed plans for the project. reservoir, including drinking water and aquaculture potentials, DISTRICT board member Robert Vaughn told utility
I L 4i f.'..:-.! A^...-^1 Although company officials previously had refused to ac- Gompany omciais said. company officials that the district feels it is proper for a project
S. C. BEXLEY knowledge the proposed use of nuclear fuel for the site, W. J. Water district officials already had urged the company to the scope of the De Soto plant to be "out in the open and dis- ROBERT VAUGHN
lea seems farfetched. Barrow, environmental project coordinator, Wednesday con- include multi-use plans in the project, but would prefer to see cussed like this from the beginning," in an apparent response to ... wants plans in open.
firmed plans to use nuclear fuel, saying it is clean, safe and the. the plant constructed at a saltwater location, the company's earlier efforts to keep the project quiet.