In Florida, where Republican Gov. Rick Scott has taken his state from the cleanest to one of the most polluted in just a few short years, a lawsuit has been filed against a nuclear power plant accused of poisoning the drinking water supply.
The claim also suggests that the state went out of its way to try to hide the poison pouring into the Biscayne aquifer, which supplies drinking water to more than 3 million South Florida residents in and around the Homestead area.
Among the pollutants allegedly discharged into the federally protected waters of Biscayne Bay and surrounding canals are radioactive tritium, nitrogen, phosphorus, salt, and ammonia, according to the lawsuit filed in federal court on July 12, 2016.
The lawsuit, brought by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) and the Tropical Audubon Society Inc., claims that Florida regulators turned a blind eye to the toxic waste dumping of Florida Power & Light Company’s Turkey Point Power Plant.
SACE executive director Stephen Smith told the Palm Beach Post that FPL was using the canal system as an “open industrial sewer like nothing else in the world.”
This isn’t the first time the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant has been charged with polluting the drinking water supply. Back in February, a Tallahassee judge ordered state environmental regulators to get FPL to clean up their act, literally. However, the order was not enforced by the state.
According to the Miami Herald:
Critics say the state has a far too cozy relationship with the utility it is charged with regulating.
“They’re using the Biscayne aquifer and the bay as their toilet for their industrial waste from their facility,” said Ed Swakon, a consulting engineer for rock miner Altantic Civil…
What’s happening in Florida is a scenario that is playing out all over the country. When lobbyists for Big Polluters successfully control elected officials and government regulators, the public is poisoned.
The Great Deregulation Lie
Politicians are fooling the public into thinking that their repeated pitches for ‘deregulation’ will benefit them. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. Regulations, especially environmental ones, were put in place to protect the public from the industries that see anti-pollution measures as nothing more than a burdensome expense that cuts into their profits.
It should then come as no surprise that if you follow the money trail, you’ll find it runs straight from ‘dirty’ industries, into the coffers of lawmakers pushing for deregulation and getting rid of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Featured image: Creative Commons/flickr/Gage Skidmore
Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant photo: Public Domain/US national archives and records administration