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Pressure on as Southern Co. builds nuclear plant

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[December 15, 2012]  WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) -- The utility that is building the first in a new generation of nuclear power plants in Georgia has been saying all along that the project is on time and on budget. Now that message is changing.

A state monitor says the $14 billion project at Plant Vogtle (VOH'-gohl) could cost hundreds of millions of dollars more than expected and it's more than a year behind.

Now executives with Southern Co. say that it's more important to ensure quality construction for a plant that could produce power for decades than hitting the previous targets.

A lot is riding on the project. Industry experts say it's a test for whether the nuclear industry can build new plants without the same delays and soaring costs that happened when the first generation of plants was built decades ago.

[Associated Press; By RAY HENRY]

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