Nuclear Watch South seeks to intervene in Ga. PSC Vogtle case

A group called Nuclear Watch South has filed a motion with the Georgia Public Service Commission seeking to intervene in the case surrounding verification of expenses for the two new reactors, Vogtle Units 3 and 4, being developed by Georgia Power and its partners.

Officials from the Southern (NYSE:SO) utility subsidiary Georgia Power made a presentation to the Georgia PSC June 2 on progress of the nuclear units currently under construction near Waynesboro, Ga.

Under a revised schedule predicted by contractors, the in-service dates are now expected to be 2019 for Unit 3 and 2020 for Unit 4.

In an earlier PSC order, the utility and the commission agreed that any request to amend the certified cost of $6.113bn will be postponed until the completion of Vogtle Unit 3 scheduled for June 2019.

In a petition filed May 28, Nuclear Watch South said it wants to intervene in Docket No. 29849. A non-profit membership group, Nuclear Watch South’s membership includes over 15,000 people, of whom more than 1,000 are Georgia citizens and receive their electricity from Georgia Power, according to the filing.

“The interests of Nuclear Watch South’s members and coordinator who are served by Georgia Power are not adequately represented by other parties to this proceeding, and Nuclear Watch South’s intervention will not unduly delay the proceedings or prejudice the rights of other parties,” according to the parties.

Glenn Carroll is listed as the coordinator of Nuclear Watch South. The organization lists an Atlanta mailing address and its website is http://www.nonukesyall.org.

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