I am very pleased the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) voted 4-1 today to approve the nations’ first nuclear reactor construction permits in more than three decades.
This is a major step on the road to a nuclear renaissance in the United States. NRC approvals will allow us to move forward as a nation in building new reactors for the first time in more than 30 years. When it comes to the development of nuclear power, America has been sleeping like Rip Van Winkle, plus another ten years.
Now that Southern Company has gotten the green light for the new Vogtle facility, I am hopeful SCANA and Santee Cooper will be the next in line to receive permits for Jenkinsville. I will continue to do everything in my power to keep the next generation of nuclear power on track and moving forward in the United States.