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Levy nuke challenge fails | March 27

No surprise, just a shame

This latest decision supporting the proposed nuclear plant in Levy County comes as no surprise to me or to any Floridian who has been following this "nuclear-plant-maybe-someday-to-be-built" fiasco.

The proposed plant, whose ever-rising costs and fomenting potential for environmental chaos looms larger than ever after the Fukushima, Japan, disaster, has no business ever being built. Progress Energy Florida customers continue to get ripped off by having to pay for something that doesn't exist. That, in itself, seems like a crime. Then, the fact that this plant would wreak havoc on Florida's underground aquifer, as well as its forests and wetlands, makes it even more of a losing proposition.

The Florida Ecology Party, as well as many other consumer and environmental groups, should be listened to when they speak of the numerous and permanent headaches this albatross of a nuclear power plant would create for Florida's natural environment and it citizens.

Ronald Thuemler, Tampa

Levy nuke challenge fails | March 27

Sad lessons from Citrus

I hope the citizens of Levy County are learning from the experience of their neighbors in Citrus County, who made a Faustian bargain with nuclear power when CR-3 began generating electricity in 1977. Although the decision to decommission the plant was made in 2013, CR-3 actually produced power for just 32 of those years.

CR-3 is now a repository of nuclear waste that will remain deadly for years, and all of the highly touted economic benefits to Citrus County have vanished. After all, who in their right mind wants to work, live and raise a family near a nuclear waste dump? Not Jeff Lyash or his fellow executives from Progress Energy. Not the shareholders of Duke Energy. Not the lobbyists for the public utilities or our state legislators. Not the members of the Public Service Commission or the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Not even nuclear advocate Jerry Paul.

Thomas Eppes, Thonotosassa

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