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Consent Agreement 2016 Annual Report

FPL plan to improve conditions near Turkey Point’s cooling canal system reaches important approval milestone with State. Read >

FPL's St. Lucie and Turkey Point nuclear power plants recognized with industry's highest award for innovation. Read >

FPL proposes long-term plan that demonstrates hypersaline water will be drawn back to Turkey Point boundaries. Read >

Cutting-edge environmental modeling confirms FPL plan to improve groundwater salinity near Turkey Point's cooling canal system. Read >

FPL reports progress and latest actions to improve Turkey Point cooling canal system water. Read >

Fact #1

FPL has already removed approximately four billion gallons of hypersaline water from under the cooling canals.

Fact #2

FPL is partnering with Miami-Dade on a plan that would drought-proof the cooling canals and eliminate the need to draw millions of gallons of water from the Floridan aquifer.

Fact #3

We are committed to doing the right thing and protecting the environment at Turkey Point.

"We can have confidence in the conclusion that the current [situation] does not pose an adverse impact on Biscayne Bay or on public health. "

– Wesley Bolch
Professor and Dean for Academic Affairs
Department of Nuclear & Radiological Engineering, University of Florida

"Turkey Point… was recognized with the top industry award for land management and environmental stewardship. "

– Bill Johnson
Former President and CEO, Enterprise Florida, Coral Gables

"I have worked closely with FPL and found them to be a reliable and responsible partner."

– Jose Abreu
Former Florida DOT Secretary

"FPL is truly a good neighbor and environmental steward."

– Alex Penelas
Former Miami-Dade County Mayor

"There is absolutely no adverse impact to drinking water, safety or public health."

– Eric Silagy
FPL President and CEO

"There is nothing to panic about."

– The Miami Herald
March 19, 2016

"Close monitoring around Turkey Point shows tritium in levels that do not pose a risk to the public or to aquatic life."

– Christine Whitman
Former Governor of New Jersey

"FPL has been transparent about the current issues associated with Turkey Point's cooling canals and what they are doing proactively to resolve them."

– Kevin Doyle
Consumer Energy Alliance

"I know how important it is to keep our utilities accountable, but presenting out-of-context information doesn’t serve the public’s interest."

– Luz Weinberg
Former Vice Mayor, Aventura
Member, Clean and Safe Energy Coalition

How do Turkey Point’s cooling canals work?

All power plants, including Turkey Point, need water to help keep equipment cool. Turkey Point is located on Biscayne Bay, but it doesn’t use Bay water for cooling the plant. Instead, it uses a closed loop of canals for its cooling water.

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Information & Resources

Cutting-edge environmental modeling confirms FPL plan to improve groundwater salinity near Turkey Point's cooling canal system

  • New, advanced modeling indicates FPL's plan to remove hypersaline water will improve groundwater quality
  • Long-term solutions to meet standards and improve conditions continue to move forward

FLORIDA CITY, Fla., April 29, 2016 -- Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) today announced that advanced three-dimensional modeling supports its long-term plan to remove hypersaline water from underneath and near the cooling canal system at the Turkey Point Power Plant complex.

The modeling, which incorporates data from airborne electromagnetic (AEM) surveys conducted by helicopter, enables scientists from FPL and other organizations to more accurately identify the location of hypersaline groundwater and to develop additional plans for its removal.

FPL's plan is based upon data collected from dozens of monitoring stations, state-of-the-art groundwater mapping technology, detailed 3-D modeling of groundwater and a comprehensive review and analysis of technical data by independent experts. The plan includes the safe removal of hypersaline groundwater from the shallow Biscayne aquifer.

"We have been consistent in our position that we need to follow the science, not the politics," said Randy LaBauve, FPL Vice President of Environmental Services. "A data-driven, science-based approach ensures that we're taking the right actions at the right time to improve the situation. While it will take time to reverse the hypersaline plume in an environmentally responsible manner, this new data will help us achieve faster results and allow us to leverage the progress we are already making."

In addition to the plan to remove hypersaline water, FPL is using brackish water from the Floridan aquifer in the cooling canal system to help keep salt levels in the cooling canals in balance with the salinity of Biscayne Bay. This system, which has been approved by the state of Florida's Siting Board and Department of Environmental Protection, is expected to commence operations this summer and be fully operational by year's end.

The approval of the Floridan aquifer system contributed to FPL's ability to forego water withdrawals from the L-31 canal, a decision that was supported by environmental groups, such as Audubon Florida, and other stakeholders.

"We look forward to continuing to work with key stakeholders – including Miami Dade County, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and South Florida Water Management District, as well as environmental organizations – in improving the cooling canal system and surrounding area," said LaBauve.

FPL's Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant continues to operate safely as it has for more than 40 years, generating zero-carbon energy to power hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in a county that typically imports half of its electricity from outside the county during peak summer electricity use times. The recent water quality challenges involving the cooling canal system do not impact the safety of the plant or public health.

For more information, visit FPL's educational website, www.TurkeyPointFacts.com.

Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving more than 4.8 million customer accounts or more than 10 million people across nearly half of the state of Florida. FPL's typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 30 percent lower than the latest national average and, in 2015, was the lowest in Florida among reporting utilities for the sixth year in a row. FPL's service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all utilities nationwide. The company was recognized in 2015 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Market Strategies International. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,800 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, ethics and diversity, and has been ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune's 2016 list of "World's Most Admired Companies." NextEra Energy is also the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. For more information, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.

SOURCE Florida Power & Light Company

For further information: Florida Power & Light Company Media Line: 561-694-4442

Letters to the Editor

FPL Addressing Saltwater Problems
04/25/2016, Michael Sole, Tallahassee Democrat, Op-Ed

Turkey Point's Cooling Canals are an Issue for Experts
02/11/2016, Jerry Paul, Palm Beach Post, Op-Ed

Tritium levels no threat to our drinking water
04/17/2016, Dr. David Roelant, Miami Herald, Op-Ed

FPL President: We work hard in Florida to provide safe, clean energy
03/15/2016, Eric Silagy, Miami Herald, Letter to the Editor

Don't overreact to Turkey Point release
03/16/2016, Christine Whitman, Sun Sentinel, Letter to the Editor

Misinformation about nuclear plant thriving
03/30/2016, Kevin Doyle, Sun-Sentinel, Letter to the Editor

Turkey Point Update
03/29/2016, Luz Weinberg, Miami Herald, Letter to the Editor

FPL is Responsible
04/03/2016, Bill Johnson, Miami Herald, Letter to the Editor

Turkey Point Won’t Be a Problem
04/06/2016, Jose Abreu, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Letter to the Editor

FPL Does Great Work for South Florida
04/06/2016, Alex Penelas, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Letter to the Editor

Turkey Point Tritium Levels Well Below Hazardous to Life
04/12/2016, Wesley Bolch, Palm Beach Post, Op-Ed

Our Turkey Point Team Members: Passionate About Safety

Hear from FPL Regional Vice President

"Turkey point is 100% safe. We place safety as our overriding priority in everything we do. We would never compromise the safety of our employees, our families, or the public."

Thomas Summers
FPL Regional Vice President

A Turkey Point employee's perspective on safety

“As an engineer, and more importantly as a mother, I want you to know that the plant is safe and Biscayne Bay is safe.”

Adriana de la Torre
Engineer at Turkey Point Nuclear Plant

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