Hearings set for proposed nuclear reactors

31 10 2008

 

MARGARET NEWKIRK | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

On Monday, state utility regulators begin a three-month process of deciding whether to allow Georgia Power to build more nuclear reactors.

First up: The public.

The Georgia Public Service Commission has set all of Monday aside to hear from public proponents and opponents of the planned nuclear expansion.

Georgia Power wants to build two additional reactors at its Vogtle nuclear plant in Waynesboro.

The utility estimates its portion of the cost at more than $6 billion for its 45.7 percent ownership share of the project. Municipal utilities and the state’s electric membership cooperatives will own the rest.

Georgia Power will begin making its pitch for the new reactors on Wednesday.

Official opponents, such as industrial customers or environmental organizations, and the PSC staff will make their case in January.

The PSC has until Feb. 17 to rule.

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