According to a joint investigation from Treasure Coast Newspapers
, the Florida Power and Light Co. facility has been waiting over a decade for the federal government to approve pipe grates that would potentially keep the sea turtles out.
However, the report says it will still take at least two more years to test and install the grates.
In the meantime, more than 4,100 turtles have been sucked into three pipes that run a quarter of a mile from the ocean to a canal on State Road A1A.
Despite the fact that the Endangered Species Act
punishes violators with up to $50,000 in fines and a year in prison, per offense, section 10 of the act exempts licensed entities, like FPL, that interfere with protected species.
You can read the full shocking report here
Over the last 10 years, facilities at a St. Lucie County nuclear power plant have killed more than one protected sea turtle a day by sucking them through pipes that extend into the Atlantic Ocean.