Plant Vogtle costs under scrutiny

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ATLANTA  - Utility regulators are examining Georgia Power's costs for building two more nuclear reactors at an electrical plant in eastern Georgia.

The state Public Service Commission will start a hearing today on the pricetag of the estimated $14 billion project to expand Plant Vogtle. The Southern Co. subsidiary says the projects remains on schedule and under budget.

If costs exceed allowed ranges, the commission could force the utility to make changes. The commission plans to make a final decision by Aug. 17.

Major construction cannot begin until the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves the new reactors. That decision is expected next year.

The cost-monitoring system was created after the first reactors at Plant Vogtle ran into major construction delays and cost far more than expected.

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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 05/26/10 - 07:49 am
Wouldn't it have been better

Wouldn't it have been better just to report what the results of the hearing are rather than to publish this non-story that there is going to be a hearing today?

Techfan 05/26/10 - 09:40 am
It would have been nice to

It would have been nice to have this before the Legislature caved to Ga Power's 40-50 something lobbyists and bypassed the PSC in the first place.

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