Some call it a nuclear tax. Others call it a fee.
Whatever the name, Florida legislators decided Monday they don't want to take it off the electricity bills of Progress Energy and Florida Power & Light customers -- even though the companies gave legislators no guarantees that they will build the nuclear plants the money is being collected to construct.
The Senate Communications, Energy and Utilities Committee voted down a proposal by Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, Monday to repeal the so-called nuclear cost recovery clause embedded in customer bills.
Fasano, who has tried and failed to repeal the proposal since 2007, said the "nuclear tax" is a giveaway to utility companies with nothing in return for customers. He said Progress Energy has collected more than $500,000 towards the construction of two proposed nuclear plant in Levy County but recently cancelled its construction contract with the company slated to build the units while FPL customers have paid a similar amount.