Georgia nuclear plant gets another up vote

- The board of a Georgia utility has voted to continue the expansion of a nuclear power plant that's years behind schedule and billons of dollars over budget.

The Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia's board voted unanimously Monday to continue building two new reactors at the Vogtle nuclear power plant near Waynesboro.

That leaves one co-owner, Oglethorpe Power, left to decide whether to move forward or abandon the project.

A third owner, Georgia Power, already indicated it's ready to push forward.

The critical votes came after a new $2.3 billion cost increase was recognized, bringing the total estimated cost to $27 billion. That triggered a clause in the ownership agreement where 90 percent of ownership needs to agree to forward.

A down vote from Oglethorpe Power could sink the project. Oglethorpe Power is expected to vote on it later this week.

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