Title: Florida Power to Suggest Alternatives to Cooling Towers
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Title: Florida Power to Suggest Alternatives to Cooling Towers
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Language: English
Publisher: The Tampa Tribune
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Abstract: The Tampa Tribune Article December 5, 1986
General Note: Box 7, Folder 2 ( Vail Conference 1987 - 1987 ), Item 79
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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THE TAMPA TRIBUNE, Friday, December 86




Florida Power to suggest




alternatives to cooling towers


By GEORGE WILKENS
Tribune Staff Writer
The long debate about how to reduce
damage caused by warm water discharged
into the Gulf of Mexico from the Crystal
River Florida Power Corp. complex is
scheduled for public discussion in February
at federal hearings in Citrus and Pinellas
counties.
At hearings in Crystal River and Clear-
water, the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency would consider two plans Florida




a study conducted for Florida Power by
Mote Marine Laboratory of Clearwater.
That study outlined an $11 million miti-
gation project calling for a 55-acre hatchery
at the Crystal River complex, which would
be capable of raising 50 million fish yearly
for release into the Gulf. It also called for
planting sea grass in an area away from the
discharge canal.
"That hasn't been dismissed or dis-
charged out of hand," Hagan Thompson of
the Atlanta EPA office said Thursday. "We
don't see it as a complete answer, but it


Power proposed as an alternative to build-
Sing additional cooling towers, a project that
a utility spokesman estimated Thursday
could cost $300 million.
Warm water discharged from the cool-
ing system of the utility's two oldest coal-
fired plants and one nuclear unit has killed
or damaged sea grass around the energy
complex, agencies and the utility have
agreed. The loss of- the grass has had a di-
rect impact upon fish and invertebrates de-
pendent upon the grass as areas for breed-
ing and hiding from predators, according to




might be part of the solution."
The other proposal Florida Power plans
to present at the hearings is extending Its
2.8-mile discharge canal by 3 miles, said
spokesman Mark Jacobs. That would carry
discharged water to a greater depth, where
there is less sea grass, he said.
A document released by the EPA
Wednesday does not cite how many addi-
tional cooling towers could be required, said
Thompson, but previous estimates range
from two to four. Four would cost between
$254 million to $274 million, but unforeseen


additional costs could push the price to $300
million, Jacobs said.
"Most definitely" the cost, like other
capital improvements, would be borne by
Florida Power customers, Jacobs said. "We
do not feel our customers should bear the
financial burden of building additional cool-
ing towers when other viable options exist,"
Jacobs said.
The 7 p.m. meetings have been sched-
uled for Feb. 3 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clear-
water, and Feb. 4 at the Plantation Inn &
Golf Resort, Crystal River.




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