MIAMI (AP) — An appeals court has ruled that a massive nuclear plant expansion proposed by Florida’s largest utility must be redone to meet environmental and other concerns.
The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami on Wednesday reversed a 2014 decision by Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet to approve construction of two nuclear reactors by Florida Power & Light at its Turkey Point plant.
The judges ruled the governor and Cabinet failed to account for environmental regulations meant to protect the Everglades and endangered birds. The court concluded the rules would require new power lines to be buried and service roads would need ways to allow water flow.
The 2014 approval was challenged by Miami-Dade County and several cities. The court ordered Scott and the Cabinet to reconsider the project.