A congressional study expected to be released later this month shows that two nuclear power plants in Georgia were issued 166 safety violations between 2000 and 2012. On a national level, the number of safety violations that were issued at nuclear power plants varied dramatically from region to region. The report suggests that the regional disparities could be linked to inconsistent enforcement of regulations.
A state financial analyst says Georgia wouldn't build a nuclear power plant if it were starting from scratch. The analyst working for state regulators, Philip Hayet, said in written testimony that the total costs of building two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle is more expensive than the next-best option, constructing natural gas plants.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has given a Georgia utility permission to change the design of a nuclear power plant under construction, resolving a conflict over the installation of metal bars.
Two contractors working on the expansion of Plant Vogtle in east Georgia are suing Georgia Power and its partners over the project. The contractors want more than $28 million, about half what they said they’re owed for site-preparation work at the plant.
Federal nuclear regulators are set to vote Thursday on approving construction of two new reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission last year approved the design Southern Company is using to add two new reactors at its east Georgia facility. Now the commission is set to give its final OK for construction and operation.
Staffers at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission say they believe the new nuclear reactors to be built at Plant Vogtle are safe. Approval of the Westinghouse AP1000 design sets the stage for final commission approval.
Georgia Power warned Friday that building two more reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta could take longer and cost more than expected. In a filing Friday, company officials said schedule delays, change orders and the difficulties of trying to break ground on the first nuclear power plant in a generation could require more money and time. The company said the project will be cost-effective for customers so long as it's completed for less than $8 billion.
The report released Friday questions whether the Southern Co. subsidiary can build the first of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta by April 2016 at an approved cost of roughly $6.1 billion. If federal regulators approve the project, it could become the first U.S. nuclear plant to break ground in a generation.
Regulatory officials in Georgia are trying to glean lessons from Japan’s ongoing nuclear crisis. Members of the Public Service Commission met yesterday with officials from Southern Company. The PSC asked the company to prove its two nuclear plants can handle disaster.