US regulators approve new South Carolina nukes

AP News

3/30/2012 2:06:32 PM - AP News

Federal regulators have approved plans to build two new nuclear reactors to generate electricity in South Carolina.

The project is only the second to receive federal approval in a generation. Last month, the NRC voted to issue a permit to Atlanta-based Southern Co. to build and operate two new reactors at its Plant Vogtle site south of Augusta, Ga., the first such approval since 1978.

During a brief meeting in Washington on Friday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted to allow South Carolina Electric & Gas to build two 1,100-megawatt reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Columbia.

The South Carolina reactors would be jointly owned and operated with state-owned utility Santee Cooper. The first is expected to be on line by 2016; the second in 2019.