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Progress Energy Seeks Permit for Second Nuclear Reactor

Posted February 19, 2008 2:23 p.m. EST
Updated May 1, 2008 4:30 p.m. EDT

— Progress Energy will seek federal approval for the construction of a second nuclear reactor in Wake County, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Rick Kimble said the utility will file a combined operating license application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for two possible new reactors at the existing Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant site near New Hill, N.C.,  approximately 20 miles southwest of Raleigh.

The filing does not guarantee that a reactor will be built, but seeks the approval for the reactor as the company makes plans for meeting energy needs in the future.

"As our region and its demand for electricity grows, energy conservation and efficiency programs and the development of renewable energy sources are essential, but we must also evaluate investments in advanced nuclear reactors as a way to continue to provide reliable, environmentally sound power to meet our region's growing demands for electricity," said Progress Energy Chairman and CEO Bill Johnson.