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Latest delays at S.C. reactor project raise investor hackles

Everyone knew the delay announcement was coming.

South Carolina's nuclear project has been using the same vendors and was facing the same issues as Georgia's expansion project. Georgia Power reported more than a year ago that the twin reactors at Plant Vogtle would be starting up roughly 19 months later than originally thought, so SCANA Corp.'s announcement Monday of a major delay at its V.C. Summer nuclear site wasn't a major surprise.

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Warnings on reactor clusters cap off big week for nuclear

The latest analysis on the causes and lessons from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster says the U.S. industry and reactor operators should pay close attention to how an unplanned event could impact more than one reactor on-site.

This is particularly important as 70 percent of U.S. nuclear sites have twin reactors, and one site in the Southeast soon will have as many as four. Federal environmental regulations on carbon also have put nuclear back in the spotlight as a source of emission-free baseload power, which means more reactors could get built in the next couple of decades.

The report from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) did not say utilities should not have more than one reactor at a site. It also did not talk about whether the safety and unplanned disaster response at multiple reactors should play into future considerations.

UTILITIES:

Southern Co. weighs year-end announcement of new nuclear project

Southern Co. may be months away from announcing a new nuclear project, the utility's chief executive said today.

"I would love to announce by the end of this year the development of a new nuclear option," CEO Tom Fanning told reporters after a speech at the American Energy Innovation Council conference in Washington, D.C.

While he stopped short of announcing the project, he said, "If things continue to move forward, maybe we will" by year's end.

UTILITIES:

In 'Fukushima Building,' TVA tests a new age of nuclear construction

SPRING CITY, Tenn. -- A new $185 million building here can withstand an earthquake, floods and tornadoes.

The floor is tied to bedrock.

The door and wall can withstand "missiles," which could mean actual weapons but more likely would be objects pummeled through the air during a tornado, hurricane or other severe weather event.

This is the new "FLEX Storage Equipment Building" at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar nuclear power plant. TVA officials simply call it the "Fukushima Building."

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The devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan has spawned a major nuclear disaster. E&E examines the implications for energy, the environment, security and public health.

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Scores of nuclear power reactors dot the United States. There are 103 reactors that are licensed to operate and 14 undergoing decommissioning. Many others are in planning stages; the four furthest along in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing process are shown on this map. Click on a site icon for more details on the U.S. NRC website.

Zion 1, Illinois Zion 2, Illinois Humboldt Bay, California Vallecitos Boiling Water Reactor, California San Onofre 1, California LaCrosse Boiling Water Reactor, Wisconsin Dresden 1, Illinois Peach Bottom 1, Pennsylvania Three Mile Island 2, Pennsylvania Nuclear Ship Savannah, Maryland Fermi 1, Michigan Indian Point 1, New York Millstone 1, Connecticut Summer 3, South Carolina Summer 2, South Carolina Vogtle 4, Georgia Vogtle 3, Georgia McGuire 2, North Carolina McGuire 1, North Carolina North Anna 2, Virginia North Anna 1, Virginia Surry 2, Virginia Surry 1, Virginia Brunswick 2, North Carolina Brunswick 1, North Carolina Catawba 2, South Carolina Catawba 1, South Carolina Vogtle 2, Georgia Vogtle 1, Georgia Hatch 2, Georgia Hatch 1, Georgia Saint Lucie 2, Florida Harris 1, North Carolina Watts Bar 1, Tennessee Fort Calhoun, Nebraska Cooper, Nebraska Pilgrim 1, Massachusetts Seabrook 1, New Hampshire Vermont Yankee, Vermont FitzPatrick, New York Ginna, New York Perry 1, Ohio Davis-Besse, Ohio Monticello, Minnesota Duane Arnold, Iowa Fermi 2, Ohio Palisades, Michigan Kewaunee, Wisconsin Clinton, Illinois Callaway, Missouri Columbia Generating Station, Washington Wolf Creek, Kansas River Bend 1, Louisiana Waterford 3, Louisiana Robinson 2, South Carolina Summer, South Carolina Grand Gulf 1, Mississippi Crystal River 3, Florida Saint Lucie 1, Florida Oconee 2, South Carolina Oconee 3, South Carolina Oconee 1, South Carolina Palo Verde 2, Arizona Palo Verde 3, Arizona Palo Verde 1, Arizona Browns Ferry 2, Alabama Browns Ferry 3, Alabama Browns Ferry 1, Alabama Sequoyah 2, Tennessee Sequoyah 1, Tennessee Quad Cities 2, Illinois Quad Cities 1, Illinois Peach Bottom 3, Pennsylvania Three Mile Island 1, Pennsylvania Peach Bottom 2, Pennysylvania Nine Mile Point 2, New York Nine Mile Point 1, New York Calvert Cliffs 2, Maryland Calvert Cliffs 1, Maryland Salem 2, New Jersey Hope Creek 1, New Jersey Oyster Creek, New Jersey Salem 1, New Jersey Millstone 3, Connecticut Millstone 2, Connecticut Indian Point 3, New York Indian Point 2, New York Susquehanna 1, Pennsylvania Susquehanna 1, Pennsylvania Limerick 2, Pennsylvania Limerick 1, Pennsylvania Beaver Valley 2, Pennsylvania Beaver Valley 1, Pennsylvania Dresden 3, Illinois Dresden 2, Illinois La Salle 2, Illinois La Salle 1, Illinois Braidwood 2, Illinois Braidwood 1, Illinois D.C. Cook 2, Michigan D.C. Cook 1, Michigan Byron 2, Illinois Byron 1, Illinois Point Beach 2, Wisconsin Point Beach 1, Wisconsin Prarie Island 2, Minnesota Prarie Island 1, Minnesota Arkansas Nuclear 2, Arkansas Arkansas Nuclear 1, Arkansas South Texas 2, Texas South Texas 1, Texas Comanche Peak 2, Texas Comanche Peak 1, Texas Diablo Canyon 2, California Diablo Canyon 1, California San Onofre 3, California San Onofre 2, California Farley 2, Alabam51 Farley 1, Alabama Turkey Point 4, Florida Turkey Point 3, Florida

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