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Thursday
Dec212017

Nuclear Watch South Statement on PSC Vote to Continue Vogtle Construction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Contact: Erin Glynn, 404-939-4701, eglynn@calliins.com  | Glenn Carroll, 404-378-4263, atom.girl@nonukesyall.org

NUCLEAR WATCH SOUTH STATEMENT ON GEORGIA PSC VOTE TO ALLOW VOGTLE 3 & 4 CONSTRUCTION TO CONTINUE

Georgia Public Service Commissioners have recognized the outrageous expense and risk associated with completing the troubled Westinghouse AP1000 reactors at Vogtle 3 and 4. The Commission voted to limit Georgia ratepayer exposure to the project to 7.4 billion dollars, a number that Georgia Power has repeatedly stated is insufficient, and is attaching even that level of support to a hoped-for Act of Congress to pass a future tax credit extender that was excluded from the tax bill now awaiting the President’s signature. 

Additionally, the Commission opted today not to vote on the controversial Revised Joint Owners Agreement between for-profit Georgia Power and the nonprofit co-owners of Vogtle, which has been testified to as potentially criminal under Federal Anti-Trust law. Therefore, Nuclear Watch South sees today's vote as progress towards a full and final cancellation. 

“The Vogtle project is contingent upon conditions which cannot be met,” says Erin Glynn, attorney for Nuclear Watch South.

[Vogtle 3 & 4 also put $12 billion of federal taxpayer-back nuclear loan guarantees at risk. See Beyond Nuclear's Loan Guarantee website section, for more info. on this.]