Update 1/17: Environmental activists have started a petition urging Florida lawmakers to prevent FPL from storing waste underground.
South Florida sits atop two gigantic underground stores of water: the Biscayne and Floridan Aquifers. Miamians get most of their drinking water from the upper Biscayne Aquifer, while the government has used the lower portion of the Floridian to dump waste and untreated sewage — despite the fact that multiple studies have warned that waste could one day seep into the drinking water.
So environmentalists are concerned that Florida Power & Light now wants to dump full-on radioactive waste into the that lower water table, called the Boulder Zone. A small group of activists called Citizens Allied for Safe Energy (CASE) tried to stop FPL’s plan, but their legal petition was shot down this past Friday.
According to NRC documents, CASE’s petition was dismissed for being filed "inexcusably late" in FPL’s application process.
"This was thrown out on procedural grounds," says CASE’s president, Barry J. White. "The science is still there."
CASE had filed a petition with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, but the NRC on Friday threw out CASE’s complaint, saying the environmental group had filed too late […]