7/23/13 ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal claimed last week that environmental litigation was running up the construction costs of a nuclear power plant in Georgia, despite abundant evidence to the contrary from the utility building it and an independent state monitor.
The Republican governor is a longtime supporter of the nuclear power industry. He made the remark last week just before Southern Co. executives gave their first public testimony since announcing the utility needed another $737 million to build two reactors at Plant Vogtle (VOH’-gohl), raising the project budget to $6.85 billion. That cost is ultimately paid by the utility’s customers, unless state regulators object.
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