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Power pIant threat
FLORIDA POWER and Light ty being considered by Florida
Co., the state's largest electric util- Power and Light is capable of con-
ity, confirmed reports during the suming as much water as all of
past week that plans are being Hillsborough Cofnty and Pinellas
made to construct a major electric County and all the municipalities
generating plant in De Soto in these counties.
The site, remote from any port The only source for such a sup-
where oil or coal could be deliv- ply of water would be the Peace
ered, would indicate that a nuclear River. If almost the entire.capaci-.
plant is being considered. In the ty of the Peace River is consumed
past we have battled against irra- by the generating plant we wonder
tional attacks on power plant sites what will happen to the water sup-
from those political factions that ply of the people in the Punta Gor-
confuse stagnation with conserva- da-Port Charlotte-Cape Coral area.
tion. This is a rapid growth section of
However, we. see some danger the state and is already troubled
in the De Soto site and hope the by salt water intrusion. i
plans will be closely examined by We are sympathetic to the need ]
state officials before final approval to increase the state's electric gen- ]
is given. rating capacity. But we wonder if 1
Nuclear plants, by their nature, .the expansion must be at the price ,
must use enormous quantities of of our limited fresh water supply.
water in their generating and cool- It .doesn't seem like a good
ing systems. A plant of the capaci- trade off.