SEJ Miami report by Peter Fairley

Posted by Trish Riley, October 21, 2011

Here’s what I was doing yesterday…-TR

The Society of Environmental Journalists’ Miami energy tour forged forward today, pursuing better understanding of South Florida’s energy options in spite of a disinvitation by local nuclear reactor operator Florida Power & Light.

The SEJ group did not visit FPL’s Turkey Point nuclear plant because the utility, following the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, reneged on an oral agreement to host us. FPL also declined to make a representative available for a panel discussion hosted by Philip Stoddard, the mayor of nearby South Miami. Stoddard is a biology professor at Florida International University and a critic of FPL’s safety record. See the video below for back-story on his own troubles getting in to Turkey Point (and the critical intervention of Miami Herald reporter Curtis Morgan).

Our excellent nuclear power panelists, in addition to Stoddard, included:

Jack Grobe, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
David Lochbaum, Union of Concerned Scientists
Alex Marion, Nuclear Energy Institute
Peter Bradford, Vermont Law School

via Unofficial Conference Blog | Society of Environmental Journalists.