Printer Friendly

U.S. nuclear regulator OKs construction of 1st reactors in 34 yrs.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 Kyodo

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday approved the construction of new nuclear reactors in Georgia, marking the first such authorization in 34 years following the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear accident.

With the 4-1 vote decision, new reactors of Westinghouse Electric Co., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corp., are cleared for the construction and operation at the existing Vogtle nuclear plant in Georgia.

The new reactors are expected to start operation in 2016 if the construction is proceeded on schedule.

The new reactor, AP 1000 reactor, is a 1,100 megawatt electric pressurized water reactor, equipped with passive safety measures designed to cool the reactor in the event of an accident without the need for human intervention, according to the panel.

The nuclear regulator panel had given the green light to the designs of the new Westinghouse reactors in December.
COPYRIGHT 2012 Kyodo News International, Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2012 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Japan Energy Scan
Date:Feb 13, 2012
Previous Article:Talks under way to build large solar facility on land in Mie, Aichi.
Next Article:UPDATE1: U.S. nuclear regulator OKs construction of 1st reactors in 34 yrs.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters