Published: Mar 14, 2011 9:04 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 14, 2011 6:04 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Rick Scott says the state is prepared to meet any catastrophic challenges that might threaten any of the five nuclear reactors housed in Florida.

Following the events in Japan in recent days in the aftermath of a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami that has led to possible nuclear meltdowns in that Pacific island-nation, Scott asked his emergency management director to review Florida's emergency action plan.

Meanwhile, Democratic state Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda of Tallahassee has filed a bill to repeal a Florida law that allows utility companies to recover costs for siting, designing, licensing and building nuclear and integrated gasification combined cycle power plants.

Vasilinda said Monday that nuclear energy is too expensive and too dangerous - as evidenced by the recent events in Japan - for Florida citizens.

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