Virginia AG Calls for Cancelling Third Nuke Plant

Oct 22, 2015

North Ana Nuclear Power Plant
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia attorney general's office says the state's largest power company should drop plans to build a third reactor at its North Anna nuclear power plant.
 
While Dominion Virginia Power contends it hasn't committed to building the third reactor, it is on pace to spend nearly $2 billion on the potential power source by the end of 2018.
 
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that an expert witness for the attorney general's office estimated the cost of adding a third reactor in Louisa County would top $19 billion and increase customers' bills by 25 percent.
 
Dominion executives said they expect a federal license in 2017. They argue that to stop work on designing the reactor before that would be premature.
 
Nuclear power provides more than 40 percent of Dominion's customers' electricity.