Historic License for New Vogtle Units Moves Closer

Sep 28, 2011, 14:44 ET from Southern Company

ATLANTA,  Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern Company executives testified this week that Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requirements have been met for issuing the Combined Construction and Operating License (COL) for the nation's first new nuclear units in 30 years at Plant Vogtle, near Waynesboro, Ga.

The mandatory hearing at NRC headquarters in Rockville, Md., successfully concluded Wednesday, ending two days of testimony from NRC staff, commissioners and executives from Southern Company subsidiary Southern Nuclear.

"We are one step closer to receiving the first COL ever issued for nuclear units in this country," said Buzz Miller, executive vice president of nuclear development for Southern Nuclear. "We believe that the evidence presented emphasizes that our application satisfies all commission regulations and requirements."

As part of Southern Nuclear's COL application for units 3 and 4, the company is requesting approval to continue safety-related foundation work under an additional Limited Work Authorization (LWA-B), including the installation of rebar and the concrete basemat for the nuclear island as part of the COL application.

The company expects to receive the Vogtle COL around the end of 2011, with Unit 3 becoming operational in 2016 and Unit 4 in 2017.

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