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posted by Dopefish on Sunday February 23 2014, @02:00AM   Printer-friendly
from the all-hail-the-almighty-atom dept.

CyberB0B39 writes: "The Department of Energy is set to approve $6.5B for a Georgia nuclear power plant, the first such plant in more than 3 decades. While other nuclear plants are shutting down due to competition from natural gas, Atlanta-based Southern Company is forging ahead with its planned construction of the plant."

[ED Note: "For those that are wondering, the new nuclear plant will be based on the AP1000 design by Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, a company based in Pittsburgh, PA and a subsidiary of Toshiba."]

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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by forsythe on Sunday February 23 2014, @03:24AM

    by forsythe (831) on Sunday February 23 2014, @03:24AM (#5056)

    (Thanks, Editors, for answering my question before I asked it)

    Looks like the AP1000 is a pretty popular plant. Wikipedia says China is using the AP1000 design as a standard, and a few other countries have started preliminaries for construction, but none are currently operating, as the Sanmen I [] plant is scheduled to be the first.

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  • (Score: 1) by Dopefish on Sunday February 23 2014, @05:08AM

    by Dopefish (12) on Sunday February 23 2014, @05:08AM (#5085)

    Not a problem! I noticed the original article the submission linked to made no mention of the exact tech behind the power plant, and I thought I'd add that extra bit of information for everyone's benefit. Thank you for your feedback!