An underground pipe that leaked radioactive water has been sealed off underneath a nuclear power plant in Georgia. Southern Co. officials say that covers have been welded onto the ends of the faulty pipe below Plant Hatch in Baxley. The company learned of the leak last month when it detected abnormal amounts of tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, in test wells at the plant. Geter said there are no signs that the radioactive water has moved off the property.
A new factory that makes parts for wind turbines opened in north Georgia Tuesday. Although the state has no large-scale wind project of its own, it's capitalizing on the manufacturing end of renewable energy production.
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.
Georgia Power could earn more money if it goes over-budget building two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta. Right now Georgia Power can earn up to 12 percent of what it charges customers. Plant Vogtle’s construction costs are included in that charge which means higher building expenditures could boost Georgia Power’s profit.
State utility regulators heard arguments Wednesday over a plan intended to protect consumers from potential cost over-runs of the nuclear expansion of Plant Vogtle. More than a dozen people went before the Public Service Commission to voice their concerns over the project itself.
Federal regulators are questioning whether nuclear reactors proposed for plant Vogtle near Augusta could withstand an earthquake. From WACG Noel Brown reports the decision could slow the licensing of the first new reactors to be built in the country in decades.
Federal regulators say problems with a new nuclear reactor destined for Plant Vogtle near Augusta must be fixed before a decision can be made to approve the design. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has questions about the reactor’s shield building and the pressures it would withstand during an accident.