Mon., May 3, 2010 4:50pm (EDT)

Ruling Questions PSC Certification of New Vogtle Reactors
By Noel Brown
Updated: 4 years ago

AUGUSTA, Ga.   —  
A superior court ruling could force the Georgia Public Service to reexamine their approval of the construction of two new nuclear rectors at Plant Vogtle. (Image courtesy NRC)
A superior court ruling could force the Georgia Public Service to reexamine their approval of the construction of two new nuclear rectors at Plant Vogtle. (Image courtesy NRC)
Last week Fulton County Judge Wendy Schoob ruled that the Public Service Commission didn’t have enough evidence to show that Southern Company should be allowed to build two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle.

The ruling comes in response to a lawsuit filed last year by environmental group Southern Alliance for Clean Energy in an effort to block the project.

Their Attorney Mike Carvalho says now Southern Company will have to explain why the reactors are needed.

"I suspect that they have their work cut out for them because now the blinds have been lifted and they’re going to be required to have the findings of fact that are necessary to comply with the law," said Carvalho.

Carvalho expects the judge to force the PSC to take another look at Southern Company's case.