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Florida Senate panels to meet over FPL's Turkey Point canal controversy

From The News Service of Florida:

Two Senate committees have scheduled a joint meeting April 29 to discuss issues related to a cooling-canal system at Florida Power & Light's Turkey Point nuclear complex in Miami-Dade County.

The meeting comes after the March 7 release of a study that indicated tritium --- a radioactive isotope of hydrogen --- has leaked from Turkey Point's cooling canals into groundwater and toward Biscayne National Park and the Biscayne aquifer.

The Senate Communications, Energy and Public Utilities Committee and the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee are scheduled to hold a joint meeting at 4 p.m. April 29 at the Homestead campus of Miami-Dade College, according to a meeting notice.

A Senate spokeswoman said the meeting is in response to a request from Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami.

The notice said the committees are expected to hear from representatives of FPL, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Miami-Dade County's Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources and the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission.