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Cabinet Approves Power Plant

December 19th, 2006 by Mike Vasilinda

Jeb Bush and the Florida Cabinet gave the go-ahead for a new power plant in Palm Beach County today, but not before several residents and environmentalists raised their objections. Opponents urged the Cabinet not to approve Florida Power and Light’s new natural gas plant, which will be situated on 220 undeveloped acres west of Wellington. Jayne King of the Sierra Club opposed the approval “This is a potential environmental disaster. It is not in our best interest to be constructing this in this particular location. So I want you to think about the potential damage and the impact and consider very very carefully before you certify this plant.”
But supporters point out the plant would have the lowest emissions in the state because of new technology. They add that part of the state hasn’t had a new power plant built since 1963, and Governor-elect Charlie Crist says the state’s power needs have grown exponentially since then.  “We need energy. The people need juice and that’s clear to me. You know, we also have a new nuclear plant that’s been proposed in Levy County and I think providing energy for a state that’s growing as rapidly as we are is awfully important to people. We’ve got to keep the lights on.”
FP & L still needs two additional permits before it can go forward with the plant.

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