Progress Energy Florida has decided to repair rather than close its Crystal River Plant. Initial damage to the plant’s containment building occurred in late 2009 while workers were creating an opening in the structure to facilitate the replacement of the steam generators inside. WUFT-FM’s Steven Gallo spoke with Florida Progress Energy Spokesman, Tim Leljedal who notes under the plan, the estimated cost of repair would be between $900 million and $1.3 billion, and the plant is expected to return to service in 2014.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPLeljedalConvo.mp3]
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said for the first time Monday that he supports having the state acquire thousands of acres to build a reservoir system south of Lake Okeechobee to help battle toxic algal blooms.