The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled a meeting for Jan. 9 to discuss the inspection and oversight process for two new nuclear units being built at Plant Vogtle.
The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. at the Augusta Technical College Waynesboro Campus, 216 Georgia Highway 24 South.
At the meeting, NRC staffers will provide an overview of the agency’s construction reactor oversight process, known as the “CROP pilot program,” at the Vogtle site. That program includes inspection, assessment, enforcement and the verification process to ensure that new nuclear power plants are built according to their approved design, their license and NRC regulations.
Federal regulators also will accept public comments on the
“We hope people who live near the plant site or have an interest in the process will come out to give us their feedback on our overall process for ensuring the safety of the new units,” said Fred Brown, the NRC Region II deputy administrator for construction.
The NRC has three construction resident inspectors at the Vogtle site, supplemented by additional inspectors from the regional office in Atlanta and NRC headquarters in Rockville, Md.
The NRC staff issued operating licenses for two AP1000 reactors at the Vogtle site in early 2012. Southern Nuclear submitted its application for those units in March 2008.
The project is valued at more than $14 billion, with the new units scheduled to begin commercial operation in 2016 and 2017.
The contractors, however, have advised that design changes and other factors could delay those dates by as much as a year. Southern Nuclear officials disagree with those