Nuclear waste panel to visit Georgia site

A panel examining how the United States should store nuclear waste will visit Plant Vogtle in eastern Georgia and the Savannah River Site in South Carolina next year.

Retired Gen. Brent Scowcroft, a commission co-chairman, said panel members will arrange in January to visit Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro and the former bombmaking plant in neighboring South Carolina. Panel members will also visit a waste isolation plant in New Mexico.

President Barack Obama created the commission after his administration abandoned a proposed nuclear waste storage site in Nevada. The commission is supposed to make the first of its recommendations in the fall of 2011.

The Atlanta-based Southern Co. and its partners are seeking to build two new reactors at Plant Vogtle.


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