Nuclear plant could create thousands of Georgia jobs

While somewhat controversial, nuclear power remains an energy source of great interest to many in the U.S. and around the world. Plant Vogle, outside of Augusta, Georgia, is home to one of America's major nuclear projects, and plans for its completion, which are likely to go forward, could end up creating more than 6,000 jobs.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, those in favor of finishing the plant's construction - which had to pause when its primary source of funding, Westinghouse Electric, went bankrupt - cite job creation during and after the project's completion as a major plus.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, one of its supporters, stated that at least 6,000 new positions will be needed while construction is ongoing, and that even after Plant Vogle's nuclear reactor is fully operational, it'll create approximately 800 permanent positions at the facility.

Critics of the project believe it will cost too much for any future savings it might create to be worthwhile, but with major utility Georgia Power recommending the construction, it's more likely than not to happen.

The Savannah Morning News noted that the two reactors are predicted to come online in November 2021 and 2022, and could provide clean energy to Georgia residents for more than 60 years.

Nuclear plant could create thousands of Georgia jobs