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Two New Nuclear Plants Slated For Approval Today

It’s hard to believe the U.S. Hasn’t built any new nuclear reactors in 30 years but that’s about to change. According to cnnmoney.com, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is expected to approve licenses to build two new nuclear reactors in Georgia today.

Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant (Exelon)
Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant (Exelon)

A vote is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Reports say the reactors will be located 170 miles east of Atlanta where two older reactors are already located.

Now you may be wondering why no new nuclear reactors have been built in 30 years. I was curious too so I put that same question to a spokeswoman at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station a few years ago.

The spokesperson told me the Three Mile Island accident in 1979 had a lot to do with it. The highly publicized nuclear meltdown in Dauphin Pennsylvania that occurred within a hop skip and a jump from the very populated tri-state area freaked people out.

Oyster Creek is the oldest operating commercial Nuclear Power Plant in the United States. It’s expected to cease operations by 2019. Ten years before its license is set to expire.

Reports say nearly half of all nuclear power plants are over 30 years old.

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