Vogtle nuclear license expected soon

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 1:31 PM
Last updated Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 2:14 AM
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A vice president for Georgia Power Co. told board members of the Georgia Department of Economic Development on Thursday that they are weeks away from knowing the date of federal permission to finish building the new nuclear power reactors near Waynesboro, Ga.

The economic development board, which meets periodically outside of Atlanta, held its meeting in downtown Augusta before taking a bus trip to Plant Vogtle to see the progress of construction of the third and fourth reactors.

Pete Ivey, the vice president of nu­clear development support, said he had a recent conversation with senior officials of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. They didn’t share the internal schedule on naming the date for the issuance of the combined operating and construction permit, but they did say it would be soon.

Power company officials have been saying for months that they expect to get the license for Vogtle units 3 and 4 in December. Ivey said there are about 1,800 people working on the site now, which will later peak at 3,500.

The new reactors are scheduled to go online in 2016 and 2017 and would be the first new nuclear power reactors to be completed in the U.S. in almost three decades.

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