Commissioners of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted Wednesday to authorize NRC staff to issue a combined construction permit-operating license to Dominion Virginia Power to build a third power reactor at its North Anna plant in Mineral, Virginia. NRC staff completed its environmental review of the application in February 2010 and issued its safety evaluation report in January, finding that no environmental or safety issues preclude issuance of the COL. The commission said in a memorandum and order issued Wednesday after its vote that NRC staff’s safety and environmental reviews met regulatory requirements. The commission authorized the director of the agency’s Office of New Reactors to issue the COL. That office “expects to issue the license in the next couple of days, as the review process is now complete,” NRC spokesman Scott Burnell said Wednesday in an email. Article continues below… NRC said in a statement Wednesday that the […]