Photos from Chronicle archive show reactor construction

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 8:35 AM
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It took 15 years and 14,000 workers to build the first two nuclear power reactors at Vogtle Electric Generating Plant. Units 1 and 2 were completed in 1989 at a cost of $8.79 billion. The time frame for constructing Units 3 and 4 is six to seven years, and only 3,000 to 3,500 workers will be needed. Today the design of the reactors is simpler and most parts are built elsewhere then shipped to the site. The cost is projected at $14.5 billion.

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Construction began at Plant Vogtle in 1974. This photo was taken  on July 6, 1978.  File
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Construction began at Plant Vogtle in 1974. This photo was taken on July 6, 1978.

Learn more about Vogtle's new reactors in a special report in Sunday's Chronicle.

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JohnBoy53
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JohnBoy53 11/20/09 - 08:01 pm
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Good for the area getting

Good for the area getting some more jobs but the power generated likely will go elsewhere!!

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 11/21/09 - 11:56 am
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Well John BOY, if they sell

Well John BOY, if they sell it elsewhere it helps our rates stay low.

FAIR TAX Now
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FAIR TAX Now 11/21/09 - 03:40 pm
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I don't care where it goes as

I don't care where it goes as long as it is generated here in GA and helps our economy. I just hope the liberals and EPA and environmentalist nut jobs don't hold the process up. The red tape should be cut to speed up the process cause I am sure that is what will take it so long to be built.

walrus4ever
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walrus4ever 11/21/09 - 05:26 pm
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I was there the first day

I was there the first day they started clearing the site in 74. We spent the afternoon filling a GPCo pickup with displaced baby rabbits and turtles. I was there on the day they stopped the project and put it on hold for years. Glad to see it expanding.

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