The country's top nuclear regulators are holding a first-of-its-kind meeting. The mandatory meeting of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission comes before voting later this year or early next year on whether Atlanta-based Southern Co. and its partners can build and operate two more reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta.
A tougher law goes into effect in South Carolina this week that targets metal thieves. Whether that sends more criminals Georgia’s way is hard to gauge. Metal theft, especially of copper, is a growing and expensive problem in Georgia, South Carolina and states nationwide.
Despite the nuclear disaster in Japan, there should not be any safety concerns for two new nuclear reactors planned at Plant Vogtle near Augusta. That's what Southern Company's top official told a U.S. Chamber of Commerce gathering in Washington Wednesday.
Georgia Power has been unable to agree with the Public Service Commission's staff on a proposal to cut the utility's earnings if the cost of building a new nuclear plant in eastern Georgia runs over budget. Now, the electric company wants the elected PSC members who will meet Thursday to scrap the plan.