As the Japanese nuclear plant crisis unveils, local residents may worry about Progress Energy’s Crystal River Nuclear Power Plant in the Citrus County area. Levy county has a portion of the ten-mile emergency planning zone around the plant. Levy County’s Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson says North Central Florida residents should not worry as safety measures are inspected anually. Johnson adds, these are full scale exercises that are made in conjunction with Citrus County community where the plant is located. Johnson spoke with WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Bechara.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/MarkJohnson.mp3]
The Gainesville City Commission this fall declared a climate state of emergency — a largely symbolic move with little municipal heft behind it compared to the actions the federal government could take if motivated and mobilized — but some city residents do feel a sense of urgency to take steps toward combating climate change.