Nuclear Power

04 Aug 2022

U.S. Regulator Approves Georgia Vogtle 3 Nuclear Plant Operation

04 Aug 2022  by   
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on Wednesday said it has authorized Southern Co to load nuclear fuel and begin operation at its Vogtle plant's Unit 3 in Georgia.

Courtesy: Georgia Power

"Before authorization, we independently verified that Vogtle Unit 3 has been properly built and will protect public health and safety when it transitions to operation," said Andrea Veil, director of the NRC’s office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.

The Vogtle Unit 3 would now be in operating reactor oversight process following the NRC's decision, while Unit 4 remains under construction.

The Vogtle reactors are the only nuclear units under construction in the United States. The owners include Georgia Power (45.7%), Oglethorpe (30%), Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (22.7%) and Dalton (1.6%).


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