Progress buys $46.6M property for Levy nuke site

Progress Energy purchased land for its proposed 1,100-megawatt nuclear power plant in Levy County, spending $46.6-million for more than 3,000-acres along U.S. 19, just north of the Citrus County border, according to the Levy County property appraiser records.

Cherie Jacobs, Progress Energy spokeswoman, confirmed the purchase but declined to comment on the price. "It is not a decision to build," she said. "It is just another step in the process."

The property was purchased from Jacksonville-based timber company Rayonier. Progress Energy has been taking early steps toward construction of a new nuclear plant, like purchasing the property and selecting the plant model, a Westinghouse AP1000.

It is one of nearly 30 new nuclear plants planned throughout the U.S. No new nuclear plant has been built in the U.S. in nearly three decades.

-By Asjylyn Loder, Times Staff Writer

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