FPL wants to use treated wastewater to help freshen aging cooling canals that have become too salty and created a massive underground saltwater plume. Environmentalists warn the wastewater needs to be treated to higher standards required for water entering Biscayne Bay.
FPL wants to use treated wastewater to help freshen aging cooling canals that have become too salty and created a massive underground saltwater plume. Environmentalists warn the wastewater needs to be treated to higher standards required for water entering Biscayne Bay. Emily Michot [email protected]

Environment

County moves toward using wastewater in FPL canals, but won’t set water standards yet

By Jenny Staletovich

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April 10, 2018 09:18 PM

Updated April 10, 2018 09:53 PM

A plan to use treated wastewater to freshen Florida Power & Light’s troubled nuclear cooling canals will move forward, for now, without meeting strict water standards set for nearby Biscayne Bay.

On Tuesday, Miami-Dade commissioners authorized the county staff to negotiate the deal, but put off setting the standards.

Instead, terms of the costly treatment will be ironed out as the utility and the county staff work out details. Any project will ultimately come back to commissioners for final approval. But by then, critics worry it may be too late.

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“Once we build a reuse treatment plant, we’re not building it again,” said Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, the only commissioner to vote against the plan. “That’s why we have to think about the future.”