Power plant stacks to be demolished Sunday

The 300-foot stacks of Florida Power & Light’s Riviera Beach power plant will be demolished Sunday morning to clear the way for a cleaner, natural-gas fired plant.

Dynamite charges at the base of the stacks will cause them to collapse on themselves, along with two boilers that had served the old plant, said Neil Nissan, spokesman for FPL.

Since the 1960s the Riviera Beach plant provided the region with electricity, as well as with sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and other pollutants. That plant used a combination of natural gas and oil, a heavily polluting source of energy. It has long been among the region's top polluters.

But that is in the past. The new plant will dispense with the old plant’s oil fuel, relying instead on natural gas, a fuel that emits far less pollution as well as providing power more cheaply and efficiently. The new plant, scheduled to open in June, 2014, will use one-third less fuel than the old plant.

It will cut emissions of carbon dioxide, the most important greenhouse gas, by half and reduce emissions of soot by 88 percent, according to FPL.

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