4 May 2010-- A judge ruled that the Georgia Public Service Commission violated a state law when it granted a permit to build two nuclear reactors at Southern Co. and Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle. Lawyers for the state regulatory agency reportedly are reviewing the decision.
A Fulton County Superior Court judge ruled the PSC failed to detail why the plant's expansion is in the public interest, as required by law. The decision came in response to a lawsuit filed by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.
SACE said in the suit that the PSC did not provide the required written justifications for its findings of fact and conclusions of law that would lead to an "intelligent review" by the courts.
In February, the Obama administration said that it was awarding $8.3 billion in conditional loan guarantees for the project. Southern Co. has 90 days to accept the loan guarantee but recently asked for a 30-day extension.
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