Georgia Power executives say the nuclear reactors under construction at Plant Vogtle in eastern Georgia have safety features that will prevent a disaster like the one that occurred last year at a Japanese plant. But what remains unclear is how much those reactors will cost consumers.
Construction of a new nuclear power plant near Augusta is behind schedule. That’s what Georgia Power officials told the state’s Public Service Commission Wednesday. The first reactor will begin operating in November of 2016.
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.
Nuclear power plant expansions are moving forward in the South while they are stalled or have been scrapped in other parts of the country. The South's politics have a lot to do with that trend. Lawmakers here prefer regulated markets and smooth the way for expensive new reactors.
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.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a license to build one of the nation's first nuclear power plants in a generation could come by December. NRC officials said this week in a letter that they plan to issue a final safety report this month on Georgia Power's plan to build two more reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta.
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.
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.
Thursday night the Nuclear Regulatory Commission heard comments from the public about 2 proposed nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle. Environmentalists expressed concern about the current state of nuclear waste storage.