Southern Co.'s license to build and operate two new reactors at its Plant Vogtle in Georgia is the first new license approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said Tony Pietrangelo, the Nuclear Energy Institute's senior vice president and chief nuclear officer. New licensees will be compelled to apply any post-Fukushima Daiichi safety standards, he said. "One of the enhanced features of the plant being built by Southern Co. at the Vogtle site is that it doesn't need electricity to shut down safely in the event of a loss of off-site power, a loss of AC power at the site," he said.

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