Efforts to build two nuclear reactors northwest of Columbia won an important victory this week, with a report concluding the project wont take a substantial toll on the environment.
Two federal agencies -- Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Army Corps of Engineers -- issued their final environmental impact statement Tuesday for the expansion of SCE&Gs V.C. Summer nuclear power station in Fairfield County.
"It doesnt say there are no impacts, but in the overall analysis, there no impacts so large they would preclude the NRC from approving the project," NRC spokesman Scott Burnell said.
The NRC could issue licenses for the plant expansion as early as next year. The design for the reactor still needs approval and the NRC must consider the findings of a safety evaluation report before making a decision.
"The bottom line is all those things are going to require the remainder of the year to work through, Burnell said. We wont see a final agency decision on the Summer application until at least the end of the year.