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Stanton Energy Center Lawsuit Updates

In January 2019, Orlando Utilities Commission was served with a lawsuit that makes some serious allegations about the Stanton Energy Center’s environmental record and the impact it has on our community.

We understand that these allegations are likely concerning to the community and we recognize that this lawsuit has generated questions from our neighbors. 

Because this is a litigation matter, we are limited in the amount of information we can provide at this time. Please know that OUC strongly disagrees with the allegations that have been made in this lawsuit, and we intend to vigorously defend ourselves against these allegations.

Because we are committed to providing the community with updates as they become available, we have established this page as a resource and will continue to share information as the matter progresses. 


January 14, 2020
Statement by OUC: Motion for Partial Judgement on the Pleadings

Statement by OUC: 

“OUC attorneys today presented arguments for why the Court should grant OUC’s motion for partial judgment in OUC’s favor on one of the two claims brought by plaintiffs against the organization in the federal lawsuit. OUC attorneys asserted that OUC is a public entity protected by sovereign immunity and asked the Court to enter judgment in OUC’s favor. We appreciate the Court’s consideration and will await a decision.”


December 10, 2019
Florida Department of Health Determines No Evidence of Cancer Cluster Surrounding Stanton Energy Center

We are pleased that the Florida Department of Health responded to Orange County Mayor Jerry Deming’s request for a detailed review of data related to concerns about a potential cancer cluster in a local area in Orange County.
 
The department reported that it analyzed data from the Florida Cancer Data System and also conducted soil tests in the area, which encompassed several zip codes around the Stanton Energy Center. All readings were found to be within the normal expected radiation background for Florida and no unusual levels were noted. Furthermore, the department reported that its findings did not provide evidence to substantiate a cancer cluster. 
 
We understand that our neighbors have been concerned and we hope these findings help alleviate their concerns. We thank the Florida Department of Health for their thorough review.

Florida Department of Health Report

October 17, 2019
Motion for Partial Judgement on the Pleadings

Motion for Partial Judgement on the Pleadings

August 19, 2019

On August 8, 2019, Federal District Court Judge Roy B. Dalton Jr. issued an order on a motion to dismiss which was filed by the following defendants: Avalon Park Group Management, Inc., Beat Kahli, Lennar Corporation, Lennar Homes, LLC and U.S. Home Corporation.


June 4, 2019
Case Management and Scheduling Order

Case Management and Scheduling Order

April 10, 2019
Answer and Affirmative Defenses document filed by OUC on Tuesday, April 10, 2019.

Answer and Affirmative Defenses document filed by OUC on Tuesday, April 10, 2019

The Answer and Affirmative Defenses filing is in response to plaintiff’s amended complaint

April 9, 2019
Chief Legal Officer Chris Browder's Remarks as Prepared for the OUC Commission Meeting

Chief Legal Officer Chris Browder's Remarks as Prepared for the OUC Commission Meeting

March 17, 2019
Answer and Affirmative Defenses document that OUC filed Sunday, March 17, 2019.

Answer and Affirmative Defenses document that OUC filed Sunday, March 17, 2019.

March 12, 2019
CEO Clint Bullock's Remarks as Prepared for the OUC Commission Meeting

CEO Clint Bullock's Remarks as Prepared for the OUC Commission Meeting

February 19, 2019
Media Statement in response to the February 19, 2019 meeting held by Cohen Milstein

“OUC understands the concern these allegations may be causing in our community and recognizes that residents likely have many questions. We take these concerns very seriously, and it is important for the community to know that we strongly disagree with these allegations and plan to vigorously defend OUC and the environmental record of Stanton Energy Center. However, because of the pending litigation, we are unable to discuss the allegations in further detail at this time.”


February 8, 2019
Statement by Orlando Utilities Commission RE: Notice of Removal

"Today, the Orlando Utilities Commission filed a notice of removal with the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida in the pending coal ash lawsuit filed in late December of 2018.

"The notice of removal transfers the responsibility for handling the case from the state court in Orange County to the federal district court in Orlando.  The removal is based on plaintiffs’ allegations that claim radioactive materials from the Stanton Energy Center coal operations have been deposited in areas surrounding the center.

"OUC strongly disputes these claims.  However, because plaintiffs’ allegations concerning radioactive materials were included in their complaint, OUC asserts the law requires the lawsuit to be resolved in federal court pursuant to the Price-Anderson Act, a federal statute that specifies the appropriate court for deciding such claims."


January 22, 2019
CEO Clint Bullock's Remarks as Prepared for the OUC Commission Meeting

CEO Clint Bullock’s Remarks as Prepared for the OUC Commission Meeting