Cleanup underway at site of demolished power plant
PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. (WSVN) -- About 160,000 tons of material from the mountain of debris and rubble left over from the Port Everglades power plant demolished three months ago is being recycled to build a more fuel-efficient facility, Florida Power and Light officials said.
The next phase of development for the Port Everglades Next Generation Clean Energy Center was showcased during a tour of the demolition site on Monday. According to FPL officials, the site's massive cleanup is 65 percent complete and will incorporate nearly all of the materials from the iconic 1960s plant that featured four candy cane-striped stacks.
Officials said the old plant's steel will be melted down and used for a new facility. The concrete is being crushed into tiny pieces to serve as roads and sidewalk during the construction.
Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs, who attended the event, marveled at the magnitude of the cleanup. "When you consider that there are over 160,000 tons of material that are going to be recycled by FPL, that's as much as some of the mega cruise ships weigh," she said.
FPL spokesperson Ed Jantz said they chose to go green because it's the right thing to do. "It's good for the environment. It's good for the world. It's good for the plant. It's good for the area," he said.
When the new facility is operational, it will power over a quarter million homes in South Florida and use 35 percent less fuel than the old facility. If all goes as scheduled, the new plant will be up and running by summer of 2016.
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