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: AP1000The 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.
- 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.