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Planned nuclear power plant receives wastewater discharge permit, license delayed

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said it will decide on a license for Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK)’s planned William States Lee nuclear power plant in South Carolina by 2016, according to the Charlotte Observer. The decision is three years later than originally planned.

The NRC said in a letter that Duke’s decision to reposition the nuclear islands by 60 feet was a factor in the delay, the article said. Budget limits at the NRC were also a factor, along with additional ground stability tests, which are required after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan.

News of the decision comes on the day that the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control approved a wastewater discharge permit for the plant.

A Duke spokesman told the Charlotte Observer that he did not think the delay would affect the company’s plan to have the $11 billion plant completed by the mid-2020s. The company wants to use the Westinghouse AP1000 reactor design, the same reactor being built at new nuclear plants in Georgia and South Carolina.

Duke Energy is moving forward with plans to build a new nuclear plant in Levy County, Fla., but ended plans to build new reactors at its Harris nuclear plant in North Carolina.

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