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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission ruled March 25 that Southern Co.'s plan to build two AP1000 nuclear reactors in Georgia poses no environmental risks.

The NRC said it completed an environmental review of Southern Co.'s proposed Vogtle units and didn't find anything that would prevent it from issuing the licenses.

The commission still needs to complete a safety report on the project, which will include recommendations from an independent group of experts. The five commissioners who head the agency will then rule on the license.

The U.S. Energy Department has already offered Southern Co. a loan guarantee worth $8.3 billion for the Vogtle project.

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