Shaw Group building first nuclear reactor in decades
BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge-based Shaw Group will build the first new nuclear power plant the U.S. has seen in decades.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted 4-1 to approve Atlanta-based Southern Co.'s request to build two nuclear reactors at its Vogtle site south of Augusta.
Representatives from Shaw said they were contracted to handle the construction.
The vote clears the way for officials to issue an operating license for the reactors, which could begin operating as soon as 2016 and 2017.
"Shaw anticipates hiring approximately 3,500 employees during construction of the new units at Vogtle, with thousands of more jobs created as a result of construction and operation of the reactors," said J. M. Bernhard, Jr., Shaw's president and CEO.
The NRC last approved construction of a nuclear plant in 1978, a year before a partial meltdown of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania.
The commission approved a new reactor design for the Vogtle plant in December.
IMAGE: Southern Co.