US regulators approve new nuclear reactors for first time in 34 years
Saturday, February 11, 2012
The only vote against the plant came from NRC chairman. In a statement, he said "Right now we know there are things that need to be fixed, things that need to be changed, or at least things that need to be analyzed. For us to issue this license, and say 'we’ll deal with them later,' to me is kind of putting the cart before the horse."
The CEO of Southern Company, Thomas Fanning, said the approval was a "monumental accomplishment." In a conference call after the approval, he told reporters, "Anything that we learn from Fukushima, I assure you we will bring to bear", referring to the. In an interview, he also said regulatory oversight "has been thorough, it has been thoughtful and it is complete."
Environmental groups may bring a case to federal court in order to stop the completion of the new reactors. Wikinews contacted two environmental organizations, Greenpeace and the . Greenpeace recommended a post about the approval on their staff blog, which said "Rather than expand the use of this dangerous and stupidly expensive technology, our government should stop subsidizing nuclear corporations’ bad investments and instead develop plans to phase out nuclear power and better secure the deadly radioactive wastes." The has yet to comment.
The new units are to bereactors. They would each have a net generating capacity of 1117 . The construction cost is expected to be roughly 14 billion ( 10.6b, 1.1 trillion), and the reactors may be operational by 2017.
The current reactors at the Vogtle facility.
Aerial photo of the construction of the new reactors.
- Brian Wingfield. "Southern’s `Monumental Accomplishment’ Tempered By Fukushima" — , February 10, 2012
- Christopher Joyce. "Nuclear Safety, Cost Issues Loom As U.S. OKs Reactor" — , February 10, 2012
- Ayesha Rascoe. "US approves first new nuclear plant in a generation" — , February 9, 2012
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