The Nuclear Regulatory Commission rejected a petition from several environmental groups that sought to postpone the construction of two new reactors at Southern Nuclear's Plant Vogtle in Georgia, saying there was no guarantee it would win in court. "Petitioners simply have not shown, from a [National Environmental Policy Act] perspective, that the Fukushima events or our potential regulatory responses to those events reveal environmental impacts that differ significantly from those the NRC has already studied," NRC Secretary Annette Vietti-Cook wrote in the decision.

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