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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Federal regulators have approved plans to build two new nuclear reactors to generate electricity in South Carolina.

During a brief meeting in Washington on Friday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted to allow South Carolina Electric & Gas to build two 1,100-megawatt reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Columbia.

The project is only the second to receive federal approval in a generation. Last month, the NRC voted to issue a permit to Atlanta-based Southern Co. to build and operate two new reactors at its Plant Vogtle site south of Augusta, Ga., the first such approval since 1978.

The South Carolina reactors would be jointly owned and operated with state-owned utility Santee Cooper. The first is expected to be on line by 2016; the second in 2019.

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