The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will open a new construction inspection office at the Plant Vogtle in Burke County, where work is under way to add two new reactors to the site.
Justin D. Fuller will be the new senior resident inspector for the construction of Vogtle Units 3 and 4, and Coleman Abbott will be the resident inspector.
Southern Nuclear Operating Company, which operates the two existing Vogtle units, filed an application with the NRC for two additional units at the site in early 2008. With the application currently under review by the NRC staff, the company has begun limited site work under an authorization issued by the NRC.
Fuller and Abbott will be assisted by Marilyn Evans, who is also the site secretary for the NRC resident inspector office overseeing the two operating units at the Vogtle site.
Each operating U.S. commercial nuclear power plant site has at least two NRC resident inspectors. They serve as the agency's eyes and ears at the facility, conducting regular inspections, monitoring significant work projects, and interacting with plant workers and the public.
Inspectors can serve for up to seven years at any one site. Construction sites will have their own NRC resident inspectors and the number assigned will be dependent on the work being done at each site.