"The $14.8 billion project marks the first new commercial power reactors
to be built in the United States in a generation, and is unfolding in
the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan that raised new questions
about nuclear safety and construction standards."
"The Vogtle project also heralds the American debut of the
Westinghouse AP1000 reactor, a new design that features a cooling
reservoir above the reactor vessel that can be fed into the unit by
gravity in the event of an emergency. Because other proposed nuclear expansions in the U.S. will use the
same design, the Vogtle project has been designated as the NRC’s
official “reference site” for future AP1000 construction."