Company Eyes Two Texas Sites for Nuclear Plant

By  | 

HOUSTON - Exelon Nuclear has identified two possible sites in southeast Texas for a new nuclear power plant.

The Illinois-based company is preparing a federal application to build and operate a new plant.

Officials say the company hasn't committed to building a plant, but it expects to submit the project application to the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission in November 2008.

The favored prospective site is about ten miles south of Collegeport in Matagorda County. A secondary site is about 20 miles south of Victoria in Victoria County.

Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald says the project would be welcome. The county is already home to the South Texas Project, a nuclear power plant near Bay City operated by a consortium of energy companies.

The state's other existing nuclear power plant is Comanche Peak, about 80 miles southwest of Dallas.