Florida Power & Light Company (FPL): Turkey Point 6 & 7: Safety and Security

Safety and Security

FPL's number one commitment is the safe operation of all of our facilities, and we are proud of our hard-earned, 40-year record of safe nuclear operations.

Advanced Safety Design: AP1000

The reactor design chosen for Turkey Point Units 6 & 7 - the Westinghouse Advanced Passive Pressurized Water Reactor Plant (AP1000) - is unique in its use of natural forces such as gravity and convection to maintain safe operations in the highly unlikely event of an accident. For example, it does not rely on backup sources of power; no operator actions are required for at least 72 hours to mitigate accidents and maintain core and containment cooling; and no pumps, fans, diesel generators, or other active machinery are required, except for a few simple valves that automatically trigger the passive safety systems.

Thus, even with no operator action and a complete loss of all on-site and off-site AC power, the AP1000 will safely shut down and remain cool.

The Westinghouse Advanced Passive Reactor design underwent the most thorough pre-construction licensing review ever conducted by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Robust Plant Design & Construction

FPL's nuclear power plants have a robust plant design and construction, as well as state-of-the-art technology. Learn More

Highly Experienced, Well Trained Personnel

FPL's employees conduct more than 10,000 tests and inspections each year. Learn More

Stringent Plant Security

Nuclear power plants are among the most highly regulated and protected private-sector facilities in the nation. Learn More

Comprehensive Safety Planning

FPL is committed to protecting our communities and our employees through a "safety first" culture. Learn More

Regulation and Oversight

FPL's nuclar power plants meet or exceed all federal, state and local regulations. Learn More
  • FPL's Turkey Point Power Plant withstood the direct impact of Category 5 Hurricane Andrew in 1992 with no damage to its nuclear systems.
  • FPL's St. Lucie nuclear power plant safely withstood Category 3 Hurricane Jeanne and Category 2 Hurricane Frances in rapid succession in 2004 with no damage to its nuclear systems.
  • The nuclear power industry has the highest security standards of any US industry.