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In this June 13, 2014, file photo, construction continues on a new nuclear reactor at Plant Vogtle power plant in Waynesboro, Georgia. An analyst for the Public Service Commission, Steven Roetger, said the timeline for finishing two nuclear reactors at Pl
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Earlier this summer, the Japanese company Toshiba promised to pay more than $6 billion to Georgia utilities. One of those utilities said on Thursday it’s not sure the company will survive, let alone make the payments.

And without the payments, a nuclear power expansion project will be on even shakier ground than it is already.

In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Oglethorpe Power Corporation said it has doubts “about Toshiba's ability to continue as a going concern.”

In this June 13, 2014, file photo, construction continues on a new nuclear reactor at Plant Vogtle power plant in Waynesboro, Georgia. An analyst for the Public Service Commission, Steven Roetger, said the timeline for finishing two nuclear reactors at Pl
John Bazemore / Associated Press file

Earlier this week, South Carolina utilities decided to scrap a nuclear power expansion project. Now, Georgia is the only state in the nation with nuclear reactors under construction.

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The future of the project here is up in the air, too.

An upward view inside the Vogtle Unit 3 cooling tower.
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Earlier this week, utilities in South Carolina decided to stop working on a nuclear power plant expansion, leaving Georgia the only state in the nation with nuclear reactors currently under construction.

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The scrapping of the South Carolina plant raises questions as to whether there’s a future for nuclear energy in the United States.

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Georgia is now the only state in the country with a nuclear power plant under construction. A project in South Carolina was suspended Monday, leaving only Georgia Power's expansion at Plant Vogtle.

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The same company, Westinghouse, was building the nuclear reactors at power plants in South Carolina and Georgia. The projects had been touted as leading a "nuclear renaissance" in the U.S.

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There is progress this week on sorting out the future of a major nuclear power expansion in Georgia.

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A subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company will now oversee construction of two new nuclear units at Plant Vogtle. The U.S. Department of Energy has signed off on Southern Nuclear taking over as lead contractor. 

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