Miami Dade County Community Forum

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Florida Power and Light's Proposed Power Lines

Dawn Shirreffs, Florida Program Coordinator for Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund gives testimony at a South Florida Regional Planning Council sponsored meeting on power lines for the expansion of the nuclear facility at Turkey Point.

The Urban Environment League submitted our resolution on the power lines, recommending they be placed underground. As we said in a letter to Carolyn Dekle of the SFRPC:

The Urban Environment League’s Board is composed of knowledgeable people who have dedicated years of activism to our shared community. We have spent considerable time deliberating FPL’s plans. For reasons that are clear in the “WHEREAS” clauses, our resolution suggests that the proposed power lines be placed underground with a cost absorbed by all users (not just Miami-Dade residents), and that the county build its own underground transmission system to lease it back to FPL for a fee to cover capital and operational costs.

The SFRPC, at a previous meeting of their board, did NOT approve the power lines for FP&L saying more information was needed from the Corporation.

The UEL joined with others last night, including South Miami and Pinecrest, asking that the high tension lines be placed underground. The spokeswoman for FP&L, during her powerpoint, said the company would not do underground wiring. There was no responses from FP&L after the initial presentation.

Tropical Audubon Society is holding a meeting about the expansion at the Pinecrest Library, 5835 SW 111 Street, on September 24th at 6PM. If you have questions call TAS at (305) 667-7337.

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