Members of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission are scheduled to hear testimony starting Tuesday morning about plans to build two more reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta.
The $14 billion project is supported with loan guarantees granted by President Barack Obama's administration. If approved, it could become the first nuclear plant to get permission to break ground since 1978.
The agency's commissioners cannot grant Southern Co. a license to build and operate the new plant until it formally approves the AP1000 reactor from Westinghouse Electric Co. that would power it. NRC staffers say that could take until at least January.