Utility officials have said that completing the nuclear plant remains cheaper than building the next-best alternative, a gas-fired power plant. Company executives have also said potential cost increases could be offset by benefits such as federal tax credits or government loan guarantees to help finance the project. While utility executives said Tuesday they expect to get the tax credits, negotiations are ongoing over the loan guarantees.
Several protesters urged the Public Service Commission to reject the project, largely because they view nuclear power as unsafe.
"They don't know what to do with the waste," said Scout Kilbourne of Mableton.
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