June 16 (Reuters) - Environmental groups on Thursday again asked the U.S. nuclear regulator to delay approval of Westinghouse’s AP1000 reactor design, claiming the company continues to change that design, among other things.
Any delay in the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approval of the design could hold up the construction of the first new reactors to be built in the United States since the Three Mile Island accident in 1979.
Two energy companies in the Southeast have already started preconstruction work on new, multibillion dollar reactors based on the AP1000 design - Southern Co (SO.N) at Vogtle in Georgia and Scana Corp SCG.N at Summer in South Carolina. [ID:nN16189346]
The following lists the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s schedule for deciding the combined construction and operating license applications for new reactors: REACTOR(S) COMPANY DESIGN STATE DECISION Summer (2) Scana AP1000 SC 2011 Vogtle (2) Southern AP1000 GA 2011 South Texas (2) STP ABWR TX 2011 Levy (2) Progress AP1000 FL 2012 Bell Bend (1) PPL EPR PA 2012 Lee (2) Duke AP1000 SC 2012/3 Turkey Point (2) FPL AP1000 FL 2012/3 Calvert Cliffs (1) UniStar EPR MD 2013 Fermi (1) DTE ESBWR MI 2013 North Anna (1) Dominion USAPWR VA 2013 Comanche Peak (2) Luminant USAPWR TX 2013 Harris (2) Progress AP1000 NC 2014 Callaway (1) Ameren EPR MO Suspended 2009 Nine Mile Pt (1) UniStar EPR NY Suspended 2009 Grand Gulf (1) Entergy ESBWR MS Suspended 2009 River Bend (1) Entergy ESBWR LA Suspended 2009 Bellefonte (2) TVA AP1000 AL Suspended 2010 Clinch River (6) TVA mPower TN Not Scheduled Utah (1) Blue River TBD UT Not Scheduled Callaway (1) Ameren TBD MO Not Scheduled TBD (1) Unnamed TBD TBD Not Scheduled TBD (1) Southern TBD TBD Not Scheduled TBD (1) NGNP TBD TBD Not Scheduled —————————————————————————————— Reactor Designs ABWR - Advanced Boiling Water Reactor built by Toshiba AP1000 - Advanced Passive 1000 built by Westinghouse Electric EPR - Evolutionary Power Reactor built by Areva ESBWR - Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor built by General Electric USAPWR - U.S. Advanced Pressurized Water Reactor built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries mPower - Babcock & Wilcox small reactor design NGNP - Next Generation Nuclear Plant - a generation IV reactor is a version of the Very High Temperature Reactor that could be coupled to a hydrogen production facility. The U.S. Department of Energy issued a request for expressions of interest to develop such a reactor in 2007 (Reporting by Scott DiSavino)