New nuclear reactor at North Anna still in the works

Dominion Resources Inc. said it will continue with plans to add a third nuclear reactor at the 1,953 MW North Anna nuclear power plant in Virginia despite the disaster in Japan, according to Reuters.

A final decision may not be made until 2013 once design work is complete and regulators have reviewed the company’s application to build and operate the unit.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission last spring asked an agency task force to review safety procedures at U.S. nuclear power plants after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan that led to meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclearpower plant in March.

Dominion Chief Executive Officer Thomas Farrell told Reuters that depending on natural gas only for future power generation plans could be regrettable.

“If we go down a path of nothing but natural gas, it’s something that folks are going to regret in 10 to 20 years,” Farrell was quoted as saying.

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