NRC license approval for Southern's new nuclear plant 'important step' toward next generation of new nuclear plants in U.S., says Westinghouse CEO

PITTSBURGH , February 9, 2012 (press release) – The following statement is attributable to the President and CEO of Westinghouse Electric Company, Dr. Aris Candris.

"Westinghouse congratulates Southern Nuclear on the approval of its combined construction and operating license (COL) for Plant Vogtle by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

"The granting of this COL is yet another important step in constructing the next generation of new nuclear plants in the United States. The thorough and rigorous COL review, combined with the recent AP1000® design certification help to ensure Southern and its stakeholders of receiving greater levels of safety, increased project certainty and years of reliable electricity generation. Additionally, these plants will contribute significantly to the local, regional and national economies by creating and sustaining thousands of jobs.

"Westinghouse applauds the NRC's decision to grant Southern Company and Georgia Power a COL, paving the way for a new generation of safe, clean and reliable electricity in the United States."

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