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Opponents of proposed Levy County nuclear plant wrap up testimony

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Levy nuke plant critics wrap up testimony

Opponents of the proposed Levy County nuclear plant gave their final arguments Thursday to the three judges of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, urging the panel to protect Florida's freshwater by blocking the project.

"This site is not suitable for what they are proposing," Sydney Bacchus, a hydroecologist with Applied Environmental Services, told the board.

The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, a division of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, held two days of hearings to consider an environmental challenge against the project by the Ecology Party of Florida and the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, a Maryland-based group.

They argue the project will significantly deplete groundwater levels, though the Levy project's developer, Progress Energy Florida, says the impact would be "small."

Joey Ledford, an NRC spokesman, said the board will review the testimony from the case and likely render a decision within a few months.

Ivan Penn, Times staff writer

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