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Feds approve new nuclear reactor

12:26 PM, Dec 22, 2011   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- The new nuclear reactor that will power electricity plants for Southern Co. and other utilities has gotten a green light from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The NRC certified the design of the AP1000 reactor made by Westinghouse Electric Co. on Thursday, meaning the NRC believes the reactor is safe and meets all regulatory requirements.

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The NRC's OK moves Southern Co. and three other Georgia utilities one step closer to launching full construction on two new reactors under construction at Plant Vogtle near Augusta, which will employ the AP1000.

"This is another key milestone for the Vogtle project and the nation's nuclear renaissance," Southern Co. chairman, president and CEO Thomas Fanning said in a statement.

Southern Co. subsidiary Southern Nuclear is overseeing construction and will operate the two new 1,100-megawatt AP1000 units for Georgia Power Co. and co-owners Oglethorpe Power Co., the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and Dalton Utilities.

Southern Co. said Unit 3 continues on track for operation in 2016 and Unit 4 in 2017.

(Atlanta Business Chronicle)

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