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U.S. Approves First Nuclear Reactors Since 1978

The U.S. government has approved the construction of the first nuclear reactors to be built in the country since 1978.

In a hearing, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved the construction of two nuclear reactors at an existing plant in the southern state of Georgia.

The reactors are expected to cost $14 billion and could begin operating as soon as 2016.

The NRC last approved construction of a nuclear plant in 1978, a year before a partial meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania raised fears of a radiation release.

NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko voted against the February 9 decision, saying last year's disaster at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant showed the need for greater caution.

Compiled from agency reports

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