A controversial proposal for three major power lines along the eastern border of Everglades National Park will be the subject of a public hearing June 22 at Florida International University.
Florida Power & Light Co. wants to construct the lines to carry electricity generated by the proposed expansion of the Turkey Point nuclear plant.
The company already owns a 7.4 mile corridor inside the park, and the proposal calls for transferring that land to the park in exchange for land along the edge of the park. The park says the swap would result in less impact on the park than if the company ran the lines through the corridor it currently owns.
Many environmentalists oppose the land swap because of the impact on the park and the support it would give to the plan for new reactors at Turkey Point.
Debbie Matthews, chair of the Sierra Club Miami Group, wrote in the club’s June newsletter, “We need help with attendance to show we do not want 15-story-high tension lines along the entire eastern border of Everglades National Park, nor do we want two new nuclear reactors at Turkey Point.”
The public meeting will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the FIU Stadium Club, 11200 SW 8th St., Miami.
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