The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Thursday voted to approve the construction of two nuclear reactors in Georgia. What does that mean for Comanche Peak?
That boosted hopes that the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant outside Glen Rose might move a step forward with its proposed expansion. The plant's operators have applied to the NRC to build two new nuclear reactors at the plant site off FM 56.
The NRC voted 4-1 to allow Southern Co. of Atlanta to add two reactors to its existing pair of reactors at the company's plant in Waynesboro, Ga. The two new reactors are expected to go online in 2016 and 2017.
The only dissenting vote at the five-member NRC came from Chairman Gregory Jaczko. He cited safety concerns about the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan last year following a major earthquake and tsunami
Southern Co. and its partners were offered $8.3 billion in federal loan guarantees. Energy Future Holdings, the parent company of Luminant, which operates Comanche Peak, also has said that federal loan guarantees are needed for its expansion to go forward.
More than a dozen companies have applied to the NRC for construction and operating licenses to build new reactors. Comanche Peak has been on the alternate list of new reactors to be approved.
Please check the Reporter's Web site for more on this developing story and reaction from Luminant and key people at the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant.