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Lawsuit over $900 million in Plant Vogtle costs to be heard in Augusta

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 6:35 PM
Last updated 8:56 PM
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A legal dispute over who is responsible for $900 million in additional costs for Plant Vogtle’s nuclear expansion will be heard in U.S. District Court in Augusta, and not in Washington, D.C., according to a recent ruling.

In November 2012, Georgia Power Co. and other owners of Vogtle units 3 and 4 filed a motion to have the complaint concerning the cost dispute with Westinghouse and Chicago Bridge & Iron litigated in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, Augusta Division.

The contractors filed a lawsuit on the same issues, but in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Washington.

On Aug. 30, the Washington court granted Georgia Power’s motion to dismiss the contractor’s complaint, meaning the dispute will be heard in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.

The contractor consortium contends the added costs resulted from licensing delays, design changes and complications with the backfilling during site preparation.

Georgia Power, whose share of those costs would be about $425 million, asserts in its own lawsuit that it is not responsible for those costs.

Georgia Power officials said they were pleased with the decision on where to try the case.

“Because the facility is being built in Georgia, the company believes that Georgia courts are best suited to resolve the dispute,” company spokesman Mark Williams said.


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