Progress Energy’s nuclear project gets environmental green lights

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In a boost for Progress Energy Florida’s plan to build two nuclear reactors in Levy County, federal regulators say the project has passed a key environmental test. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Friday that it and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have not found environmental concerns that would prevent issuance of licenses to build and operate the reactors. The announcement is one of numerous steps as Progress seeks approval of what are known as “combined operating licenses” for the planned 1,100-megawatt reactors. If Progress builds the multibillion-dollar project, the reactors would not start generating electricity for at least another decade.

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