Congressman James E. Clyburn

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Clyburn Statement On NRC Approval OF New Nuclear Power Plants

February 09, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC—Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn today released the following statement on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s approval of a Combined Construction and Operating License for Southern Company’s two new nuclear power plants near Waynesboro, Georgia:

“This historic announcement represents a significant milestone for our nation’s energy security.  I have long advocated nuclear energy as a way of meeting our ever growing energy needs in a manner that is clean, safe, reliable, and produced here at home.  I look forward to the approval of SCE&G and Santee Cooper’s application to build facilities at the V.C. Summer Station in Fairfield County, South Carolina.

“I continue to support a diverse portfolio of energy sources to meet our nation’s needs, with nuclear being an important part of the mix.  Each new nuclear plant is a multi-billion dollar investment that will create thousands of jobs. This investment will help our economy in the short term through job creation and in the long term by providing the energy infrastructure needed to build and expand industries and businesses.

“I congratulate Southern Company and its partners on today’s announcement and this important step for our energy future.”