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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 8:41am

Vogtle Safety Meeting Open To Public in East Georgia

Updated: 4 years ago.
Federal nuclear officials will host a public meeting on Plant Vogtle's latest safety report. (photo courtesy U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission)

Federal nuclear regulatory officials will be in east Georgia tonight to detail a recent safety report of Plant Vogtle.

The report released last week gives Vogtle top grades for its operation in 2009. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says they found nothing through inspections that would prompt an increase of oversight.

The clean safety record is an improvement over the previous year, when NRC officials found some problems in the earlier part of 2008. But those were corrected by the end of the year.

The most recent inspections are not related to work planned for a pair of new nuclear reactors at the site. Recently, two federal monitors were named to oversee the expansion project.

Vogtle's owner, Southern Company, is allowed to begin preliminary work on that project.

Tonight’s meeting is open to the public starting at 6 o’clock at the Burke County Public Library in Waynesboro.

Vogtle's facility is about 26 miles southeast of Augusta.

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