OCALA – The proposed building of a nuclear plant in Levy County got a push forward Tuesday when the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board rejected a challenge by two environmental groups opposing the plan on environmental grounds, according to a media release Tuesday from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The Nuclear Information and Resource Service and the Ecology Party of Florida had challenged the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s final environmental impact statement on the nuclear plant’s environmental impacts. In late October, the ASLB presided over a two-day hearing in Bronson, during which the environmental groups had a chance to question the report in front of panels of experts.
The location of the proposed Levy County two-reactor project is nine miles inland from the Gulf Coast, in an area with more than 700 acres of fresh-water wetlands.
NRC spokesperson Joey Ledford said Tuesday’s decision was “another milestone in a long process.”