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Energy Secretary to Visit Georgia Nuclear Reactor Site and Tennessee Laboratory to Highlight Administration Support for Nuclear Energy

February 13, 2012 - 6:16pm

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Energy Secretary Steven Chu will visit the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Waynesboro, Georgia, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Wednesday, February 15 to highlight steps the  Obama Administration is taking to restart America’s nuclear energy industry.

In Waynesboro, Secretary Chu will join Southern Company CEO Thomas A. Fanning, Georgia Power CEO W. Paul Bowers, and local leaders for a tour of Vogtle units 3 and 4 -- the site of the first two new nuclear power units to be built in the United States in more than 30 years. The Secretary will also deliver remarks on the Obama Administration’s support for restarting America’s nuclear energy industry as part of an all-of-the-above energy strategy that promotes innovation and creates American jobs. 

Secretary Chu will also tour the Nuclear Modeling and Simulation Energy Innovation Hub at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn.  The hub was created in 2010 to use advanced capabilities of the world's most powerful computers to significantly improve nuclear reactor design and engineering.

WHO:       Steven Chu, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary

Thomas A. Fanning, Southern Company, Chairman, President & CEO

W. Paul Bowers, Georgia Power, President & CEO                            

WHAT:      Tour Vogtle 3 and 4 Nuclear Reactor Sites and speech on Administration efforts to restart America’s nuclear energy industry.

WHEN:     Wednesday, Feb. 15, 11 a.m. EST. Media should plan to arrive between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. EST

WHERE:  Vogtle Electric Generating Plant

7821 River Road

Waynesboro, Georgia

Media must be credentialed for event at least 24 hours in advance.  Please direct RSVPs to Southern Company Media Relations at 1-866-506-5333.

WHO:         Steven Chu, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary                        

WHAT:       Tour of Nuclear Modeling and Simulation Energy Innovation Hub

WHEN:      Wednesday, Feb. 15, 3:30 EST

WHERE:   Nuclear Modeling and Simulation Energy Innovation Hub, Oak Ridge National Laboratory  

1 Bethel Valley Road

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Please direct RSVPs to Karen Garrett in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Office of Public Affairs at 865-576-1946. 

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