NRC gives environmental OK to Plant Vogtle nuclear units

Waynesboro, Ga., September 8, 2010 — The Nuclear Regulator Commission found no major environmental issues with the construction of two new units proposed at the site of the existing Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia.

In March 2008, Southern Nuclear Operating Co., a unit of Southern Co., applied for licenses to build and operate two Westinghouse AP 1000 nuclear reactor units at Plant Vogtle.

Units 3 and 4 together would generate 2,234 MW and would nearly double the generation capacity of the power plant, from 2,430 MW.

The company submitted its combined license to the NRC in October 2009. The combined license included information from the Southern Co. environmental report, the early site permit application and the site safety analysis report.

The NRC is now seeking out public comment on the plant’s expansion project. Preliminary construction work has already begun at the site, following the approval of the early site permit. Units 3 and 4 are slated to begin commercial operation in 2016 and 2017, subject to regulatory approvals.

In February, Units 3 and 4 were offered conditional loan guarantees from the Department of Energy.


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