Fla. Gov. and Cabinet Vote for Nuclear Plant

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the three members of the Cabinet are green lighting a plan to build two nuclear reactors in South Florida.

Scott and the state's three other elected officials on Tuesday voted in favor of the plan that would allow Florida Power & Light to add nuclear generators at its existing Turkey Point facility near Homestead. The project would add approximately 2,200 megawatts of power or enough for an estimated 750,000 homes.

The state's largest utility also got for approval for nearly 90 miles of new power lines to carry electricity from the plant.

Several cities in Miami-Dade County opposed the project. A city of Miami attorney said the city will challenge the decision.

Federal regulators must sign off on the project before construction could begin.


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