The future direction of the U.S. nuclear industry could hinge on the fate of the expansion of Southern Co.'s $14 billion Plant Vogtle in Waynesboro, Ga., according to columnist Robynne Boyd. "[T]he litmus test for a nuclear renaissance will be comprised of four parts -- pricing, construction time, reactor safety and fuel management. Eyes are turned to Vogtle to see how each pans out," Boyd writes.

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