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Nuclear Regulatory Commission Issues New Licenses for Nuclear Reactors

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved a license for two new nuclear reactors in South Carolina.  The new licenses come less than two months after the NRC issued its first new permit in more than 30 years for two units at the Alvin W. Vogtle Nucl
April 9, 2012

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved a license for two new nuclear reactors in South Carolina.  The new licenses come less than two months after the NRC issued its first new permit in more than 30 years for two units at the Alvin W. Vogtle Nuclear Plant in eastern Georgia.  Marvin Fertel, president and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute, predicts that there will be an additional 5,600 megawatts of nuclear generating capacity on the Southeast's electricity grid by the end of the decade.  In South Carolina, two new reactors are expected to begin operating in 2017 and 2018 at the Summer plant, which is co-owned by Santee Cooper and South Carolina Gas & Electric.  Read more here.

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