An article in the Tampa Bay Times looked at the cost and time line for decommissioning the single reactor at the Crystal River nuclear power plant:
Duke Energy’s shuttered Crystal River nuclear plant will cost $1.18 billion in today’s dollars to decommission over the next 60 years, the utility announced Tuesday.
Then the double-talk began:
“We’re certainly encouraged by the fact that Duke believes it will not have to seek any other money from ratepayers,” said J.R. Kelly, the state public counsel who represents consumers before the Public Service Commission.
But Kelly warned not to assume there won’t be any additional cost.
“You won’t really know until you progress over the years through decommissioning,” he said.
One cost not considered part of decommissioning: building permanent fuel storage units at the site. That will cost at least $94 million, a bill that Duke’s 1.7 million Florida customers might have to pay.
My suspicion: It will take 60 years to decommission Crystal River largely because Duke doesn’t have the money to do it sooner.