Cooling canals connected to the Turkey Point nuclear plant south of Miami have leaked water containing high levels of radioactive tritium into Biscayne Bay, a national park preserving one of the largest coral reefs in the world, according to a new study.
The study, released by Miami-Dade County in southern Florida, found that tritium levels in Biscayne Bay were up to 215 times higher than average ocean water, the Miami Herald reported. Tritium, a heavy isotope of hydrogen, is considered a “tracer” of nuclear power plant leaks.
The report does not go into threats to the public or animal life, but represents “the most compelling evidence” yet that Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station’s cooling canals are polluting Biscayne Bay, the county study said.
Turkey Point is operated by Florida Power & Light (FPL), the largest utility in the state. FPL said it needed more time to review the study while it defended its record protecting Biscayne Bay.