Four of the five commissioners at the Nuclear Energy Regulatory Commission voted to approve the first new nuclear power plant reactors in a generation on Thursday February 9, 2012. However, NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko voted against the Vogtle license. He alone wanted a binding commitment from Southern Company that it would make safety changes prompted by the March 2011 nuclear disaster in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Japan. Are you saying to yourself "What's wrong with that?"
We wandered what was really behind Chairman Jaczko’s ‘No” vote and so we dove into the NRC’s site to find out. What we came up with is quite unbelievable and alarming. The NRC’s Chairman wrote a 12 page dissent that details why he did not vote “yes”. What it boils down to is that he wanted the license for the Vogtle project to contain a license condition that would require Southern Company to implement safety changes that come out of the Japanese nuclear accident review.