Broun Applauds Construction of Nuclear Units At Plant Vogtle
Feb 9, 2012 -
U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10), a Member of the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, today released the following statement after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved construction of the nation’s first two new nuclear units in 30 years at Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle, near Waynesboro, Georgia:
“This is a historic day for the state of Georgia, Southern Company, its partners, and the nation in the revival of nuclear power in this country,” said Congressman Broun. “I commend the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for swiftly approving the operating licenses needed to move forward with these important projects. It is crucial that we continue to develop all sources of clean, safe, and affordable energy – and nuclear must play a key role. I am pleased to say that between these two new units at Plant Vogtle, more than half of a million Georgians will be provided with electricity.
“I congratulate Southern Company on this significant achievement, and thank them for all they continue to do on behalf of our state. The economic impact of these two new units will be immeasurable for the state of Georgia, representing a $14 billion investment that will create approximately 5,000 on-site jobs and 800 permanent jobs. This is exactly the type of development that our state and our country needs to resurrect a booming, prosperous, and cutting edge American economy.”
Southern Company plans to begin operating the new units in 2016 and 2017.