NRG Energy Submits Application for First Nuke Reactor Since 1970s

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DALLAS (AP) - Power producer NRG Energy has submitted the first application for a new nuclear reactor in the U.S. in nearly 30 years.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been sent NRG's application for two new units at its facility in Bay City, Texas, about 90 miles southwest of Houston.

It's the first complete construction and operating license submission the government has processed since before the Three Mile Island accident in Pennsylvania in 1979.

If NRG receives government approval by 2010, the company expects the first new reactor to be ready four years later.

NRG president David Crane says new plants with similar reactors are being completed in Japan in less than 48 months.