Published: Aug 06, 2014 6:52 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - Federal regulators have granted Florida Power & Light permission to operate cooling canals around its Turkey Point facility at higher temperatures, despite an algae bloom that has clogged the waterway, made water hotter and threatened to shut down two reactors.
A spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the agency expects to finalize the new operating restrictions in the next few days.
The Miami Herald ( reports that canal temperatures had come recently within one degree of a 100-degree federal limit that requires an expensive shutdown. That operating limit will increase to 104 degrees.
Regulators say the hotter water from the canal won't pose a risk to safety or harm the environment.
Environmentalists say increasing temperature limits won't address a bigger problem, which is a 2013 plant expansion that demands more water to operate.
Information from: The Miami Herald,

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