Comment sought on plans for 2 SC nuclear reactors

JENKINSVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Federal nuclear power regulators want the public to weigh in on a preliminary report they say shows there are no environmental concerns that would keep two new nuclear reactors from being built in South Carolina.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are at White Hall AME Church in Jenkinsville on Thursday to discuss a draft environmental impact statement on the proposed reactors.

South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. wants to build two, 1,100-megawatt reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville, about 25 miles northwest of Columbia.

The two reactors will be jointly owned and operated with state-owned utility Santee Cooper. Officials expect the first reactor to generate power by 2016, and the second in 2019.

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