Federal shutdown postpones South Texas nuclear plant hearing

The U.S. Atomic Safety and Licensing Board said today that due to the government shutdown it would postpone a hearing that was slated to start on Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Houston.

The hearing will be rescheduled once the Nuclear Regulatory Commission resumes full operations.

The hearing involves Nuclear Innovation North America’s application to build two new reactors at the South Texas Project nuclear plant. The topic is examining whether the applicant’s planned corporate governing structure and financing meet NRC rules prohibiting foreign ownership and control.

The plant, which is in Matagorda County about 90 miles southwest of Houston, currently operates two nuclear power reactors.