The two new reactors at the plant, just south of Augusta near the South Carolina border, are the first to be built in the United States since the Three Mile Island incident in 1979. And with that, Bowers said the nation and the world will be watching. The pursuit of perfection is to the point of turning back concrete-reinforcing metal “rebar” with a 90-degree bend if it’s off by one-sixteenth of an inch, he said.
“The nation and the world are really watching this project. Georgia Power is one of the first ones out to be developing this platform for the United States,” he said, adding that China will beat this expansion by a year or two. But “getting it under this type of regulatory regime is what everybody is watching. So it has to be perfect. I don’t want to overemphasize it, but it is something we have to think of.”
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