ATLANTA (AP) -- The head of the Atlanta-based Southern Co. says plans for building a new nuclear plant in Georgia remain on track despite the ongoing nuclear disaster in Japan.
Southern Co. CEO Thomas Fanning said Wednesday that the crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Japan should not derail plans to build a new fleet of nuclear reactors. He made the remarks in a speech before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington.
His firm is seeking permission to build two more nuclear
reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro. If approved by federal regulators, Southern Co. could become the first to break ground on a new nuclear power plant in a generation.
Fanning criticized proposals that would further restrict
emissions from coal-fired power plants.
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