Southern Nuclear wants a legal challenge to the licensing of new reactors at Plant Vogtle dismissed because the motion filed by environmental groups was too long.
A consortium of groups asked for judicial review of its request that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission – which issued a combined operating license Feb. 9 – halt further construction due to unresolved safety concerns related to the crisis in Fukushima.
The NRC rejected the petition Feb. 10, after which the groups sought judicial relief in U.S. District Court.
In a motion dated Wednesday and made public Friday, Southern Nuclear said the petitioners – Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, Center for a Sustainable Coast and Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions – “greatly exceeded the 10-page limit on motions to stay.”
The company wants the groups’ 20-page motion “struck in its entirety,” or as an alternative, the rules should be changed to allow Southern Nuclear the same number of pages for a response, “in order to afford SNC a fair opportunity to respond,” the motion said.
Work continues at the Burke County site. The $14 billion project includes two new AP1000 reactors, scheduled to go online in 2016 and 2017.