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Crystal River Nuclear Plant to retire

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CITRUS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Progress Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, announced Tuesday it will retire Crystal River Nuclear Plant after being shut down for almost four years.

The plant's nuclear unit had a damaged containment structure. Its repairs caused more cracks in the other containment building's structures, according to the Progress Energy Florida report.

Duke Energy officials said it was a more viable option to close the plant than to repair it.

"We believe the decision to retire the nuclear plant is in the best overall interests of our customers, investors, the state of Florida and our company," said Jim Rogers, chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy.

"This has been an arduous process of modeling, engineering, analysis and evaluation over many months. The decision was very difficult, but it is the right choice."

The plan employs over 600 people full-time. Many of them will stay at the plant during the closing process. Alex Glenn, Progress Energy Florida state president said they will try to help as many people as possible to transition to other positions within the company.

Citrus County Commissioner Joe Meek says he's concerned about the loss of jobs. Meek says, " We're disappointed with the decision, but we are still committed and dedicated to still working with Duke and Progress Energy because they are still going to be in our community."

 

The company's executives said, they are evaluating the potential to build a new natural gas-fueled power plant in 2018, but there is no definitive plan at this time.

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