New Build: Regulators Schedule Hearings for Proposed Reactors at V.C. Summer and South Texas Project Nuclear Plants

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled a mandatory hearing on the combined licenses for two proposed reactors at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant – one of the final steps in the regulatory process.

On Oct. 12 and Oct. 13, NRC commissioners will evaluate the adequacy of the project’s Final Safety Evaluation Report and Final Environmental Impact Statement, respectively. South Carolina Electric & Gas applied to build two Westinghouse AP1000 pressurized water reactors at its plant near Columbia, S.C in 2008. Licensing also depends on NRC approval of the AP1000 design, which is entering its final stages.

Meanwhile the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board announced it will conduct a hearing affecting the COL of two proposed General Electric Advanced Boiling Water Reactors at its South Texas Project plant near Houston. The board will consider a challenge to the COL filed by environmental groups that was delayed in August because expert witnesses were unavailable.

The NRC is still processing the reactors’ license applications, although the project’s prospects have dimmed since April, when majority shareholder NRG Energy announced it would write off its investment to date and cease spending on the new units.

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