The NRC announced that it will complete a licensing review of Southern Company’s two new nuclear reactors by this December. The proposed schedule calls for an evaluation report in August and the completion of a mandatory hearing process in December. Then the license could be issued. Southern is seeking licenses for Unit 3 and Unit 4 of its Vogtle nuclear power station near Waynesboro, GA. Unit 3 would go into commercial operation in 2016 and Unit 4 in 2017, with the project creating 3,500 construction jobs, 800 permanent jobs, and electricity for a half million homes and businesses in Georgia.