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Friday, February 8, 2008

Southern Co. nuke plant expansion hits an obstacle

A planned expansion for Plant Vogtle, a Southern Co.-owned nuclear plant in Waynesboro, Ga., has been stymied because of the possible impact it may have on the nearby Savannah River. The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, a federal panel that oversees nuclear facilities in the country, agreed with concerns voiced by such environmental groups as the Savannah Riverkeeper, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and the Center for a Sustainable Coast, and will now forward the matter to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. For more details, click here.

The various concerned groups also sent a letter to David Ratcliffe, Southern Co.'s CEO, outlining the environmental risks and financial uncertainties the plant's expansion could pose. Click here to view the letter the opponents of the expansion sent to Ratcliffe.

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