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Senator Rodriguez, District 37 — Press Release


October 26, 2017

CONTACT: Luisana Perez, 305-854-0365

Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez Proposes to Block FPL From Passing Turkey Point Clean-Up Costs onto Consumers

Miami, FL —

Following evidence of water contamination emanating from Turkey Point potentially impacting our drinking water and Biscayne Bay, that Florida Power & Light was aware of for years, Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez (D-Miami) has filed legislation that would prevent FPL from asking customer to pay more to remediate the contamination. The bill would block utilities from recovering costs to remediate environmental damage they knowingly caused. 

FPL has already made such a request. Yesterday, the Public Service Commission heard expert testimony on FPL’s request to charge customers $200 million in clean-up costs for the contamination coming from Turkey Point's cooling canals. The Commission will vote in November on the request.

Sen. Rodriguez said:

“If FPL makes the mess, FPL shareholders should clean that mess up not consumers. FPL has known about water contamination coming from Turkey Point's cooling canals for at least five years and potentially for decades and has done nothing while the problem worsened. It is outrageous that FPL would even think to ask consumers rather than their shareholders to shoulder the costs of an environmental mess they caused, tried to hide and could have resolved a long time ago at a fraction of the cost.”