Wed., August 26, 2009 4:20pm (EDT)

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Approves Early Site Permit for New Nuclear Reactors
By Mary Ellen Cheatham
Updated: 5 years ago

AUGUSTA, Ga.  —  
Plant Vogtle.  (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission)
Plant Vogtle. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission)
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued an early site permit for two new nuclear reactors to be built in Georgia.

The permit means the NRC has determined that the site is suitable for construction and operation of the reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro. A limited work authorization will allow workers to begin preliminary preparations at the site.

The NRC is still considering approval of a license that would allow Plant Vogtle to start building the reactors, and to operate them, but the early site permit is a major step in the process.

A federal panel of judges recently had deemed the site suitable for the permit, clearing the way for the NRC's to approve it.

The reactors would be among the first built in the U.S. in decades.