NRC OKs First New Nuclear Plant Construction In 30 Years

Law360, New York (February 9, 2012, 3:29 PM EST) -- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday approved Southern Co.’s $14 billion project to build a pair of new nuclear reactors at an existing facility in Georgia, signing off on new nuclear construction for the first time in more than three decades.

In a 4-1 vote, the NRC cleared the way for Southern to begin construction on two 1,100 megawatt reactors at the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, with the commission’s chairman dissenting over concerns about safety following meltdowns at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant last year....
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