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Westinghouse is under contract to construct two new reactors at the Vogtle nuclear plant in Georgia.

US utility to decide fate of Westinghouse reactors in August

Southern CEO weighs national security interests against costs, delays

HIROYUKI KOTAKE, Nikkei Washington bureau chief | Japan

WASHINGTON -- U.S. utility Southern will decide next month whether to continue to construct a pair of reactors ordered from Westinghouse Electric, the now-bankrupt nuclear unit of Japan's Toshiba.

Southern CEO Tom Fanning

Completing the reactors "is really central to [America's] national security interests," Southern CEO Tom Fanning told The Nikkei in an exclusive interview. He cited competition from Russia and China's global nuclear power activities.

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