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U.S. Congressional report shows safety violations at South Florida nuclear plant

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A new Congressional study on nuclear plant safety produced by the General Accounting Office (GAO) and obtained by the Associated Press cites Florida Power & Light's Florida nuclear plants with numerous safety violations, including high level violations at its Turkey Point Plant in Southern Miami-Dade County. The report examined incidents from the years 2000-2012. This news comes amidst FPL's appeals to expand their facility by adding additional nuclear reactors. FPL has in the past come under criticism for firing a whistleblower who had claimed FPL sought to continue operating a leaking reactor in order to avoid repair costs.

Last year FPL was fined $140,000 for safety violations at the Turkey Point Plant in Homestead. Three unplanned shutdowns at the plant prompted further scrutiny by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The concerns about nuclear safety are heightened by the ongoing crisis in Japan following damage to the Fukushima nuclear facility in March 2011. Many residents are greatly concerned about the hazards of nuclear plants and lack trust in FPL based upon the history of safety violations and FPL's apparent attempts to hide violations and to present a false image of the company's safety record when promoting new projects.

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