The “Nuclear nightmares” graphic treatment accompanying the July 10 Associated Press story, “Building costs rise at US nuclear sites,” falsely implied that the nuclear projects currently underway are not being prudently managed and that safety-related issues may exist - neither of which is true.
First, when it comes to safety, nuclear power plants are among the safest and most secure industrial facilities in the United States and have operated safely in Georgia since 1975.
Second, nuclear construction cost and budget issues are not unique or unexpected among projects of this size and magnitude. Furthermore, here in Georgia, the Vogtle 3&4 construction project has Georgia Power in position to provide customers with up to $2 billion in potential benefits in the form of savings related to tax credits and lower interest rates. Additionally, the project is currently tracking under budget. Both of these points — which were included in the article — are not, in our opinion, characteristics of a “nightmare.”
Georgia Power Media Relations Manager