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Vogtle expansion hearings set

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009 10:36 AM
Last updated 10:39 AM
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board will conduct a series of hearings March 16-25 in Augusta and Waynesboro to discuss Southern Nuclear Operating Company’s application to build two new reactors at Plant Vogtle.

The Board will hear presentations at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 16, and continuing through Thursday, March 19, as necessary, from federal regulators, Southern Nuclear and several environmental groups opposing the application. These sessions will be held at the Doubletree Hotel and Convention Center, 2651 Perimeter Parkway in Augusta.

The primary issues to be addressed include the groups’ objections to portions of the application describing proposed technology for cooling the new reactors; and a potential need to dredge the Savannah River to support construction and barge traffic.

The board will conduct separate sessions on the uncontested portions of the permit application, starting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 23, and continuing through Wednesday, March 25, as necessary. These sessions will be held in the auditorium of the Augusta Technical College’s Waynesboro/Burke campus, 216 Highway 24 South in Waynesboro.

The board is also in the early stages of evaluating Southern Nuclear’s related request for a combined operating license needed to build and operate two AP1000 reactors at the Vogtle site. The board will receive oral statements March 22 and 23 at the Augusta Technical College’s Waynesboro/Burke campus.

Members of the public have until 5 p.m. March 13 to pre-register for these comment sessions. The first session will run from 3 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 22; the second will run from 7 – 9 p.m. on Monday, March 23. Updates to the sessions’ scheduling information will appear on the NRC Web site at www.nrc.gov/public-involve/public-meetings/index.cfm , and will be available by phone at (800) 368-5642 x5036.

Anyone wishing to submit a written request to make a statement may e-mail wen.bu@nrc.gov , emily.krause@nrc.gov and paul.bollwerk@nrc.gov ; or send mail to: Administrative Judge G. Paul Bollwerk, III, Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel, Mail Stop: T-3F23, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.


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