NRC approves 2 nuclear reactors in Ga.

1:26 PM, Feb 9, 2012   |    comments
Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle near Augusta
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WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators have approved licenses to build two new nuclear reactors in Georgia -- the first to be authorized in more than 30 years.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted Thursday on Atlanta-based Southern Co.'s request to build two new reactors at Plant Vogtle in eastern Georgia.

The $14 billion reactors could begin operating as soon as 2016 and 2017.

The NRC last approved construction of a nuclear plant in 1978, a year before a partial meltdown of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania raised fears of a radiation release and brought new reactor orders nearly to a halt.

The NRC approved a new reactor design for the Vogtle plant in December. Utility companies in Florida and the Carolinas also plan new reactors that use the same design.

(Associated Press)

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