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Public Service Commission to Hear Consumer Concerns Over Nuke Plant Costs

August 10, 2011 | WMFE - The Public Service Commission is holding hearings today regarding future nuclear power plants in Florida. Two power companies are planning build new reactors but consumer advocates want more cost and timeframe details.

The PSC is looking into whether Florida Power and Light and Progress Energy should be allowed to keep charging customers for the anticipated costs of building new nuclear reactors and upgrading existing ones.

Consumer advocates have raised questions about the charges both companies are adding to their customer’s bills.

FP&L wants to charge customers $196 million dollars next year for upgrading two reactors and building two new ones.

Progress wants $135 million dollars to build a new plant in Levy county.  Its reactor at Crystal River has been shut down for several years after cracks were found in the containment wall at the facility. 

The hearings could last through next week.


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