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Toshiba’s AP1000 Reactor Gains Backing From NRC Chief Jaczko

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko voted to certify the AP1000 reactor of Toshiba Corp.’s Westinghouse Electric unit, which Southern Co. and Scana Corp. plan to build near existing plants.

Jaczko’s Dec. 6 vote was made public today by the NRC. Commissioner George Apostolakis also voted for the design, according to the agency’s website. The full commission hasn’t yet voted on a final certification rule for the design.