We are laying the groundwork for an expansion of clean nuclear energy at our North Anna Power Station in Louisa County, Va. Dominion is seeking a federal Combined Operating License (COL) authorizing construction and operation of a third reactor at North Anna.
Dominion Virginia Power announced on May 7, 2010, that it has selected Mitsubishi Heavy Industry's Advanced Pressurized Water Reactor (US-APWR) technology for this potential unit. It would produce virtually no emissions into the atmosphere — including carbon. Nuclear power must play a major role in efforts to combat climate change.
Additionally, it would employ a cooling tower to avoid placing any additional heat into Lake Anna and the Waste Heat Treatment Facility, already used to cool the two existing units. Dominion has always viewed nuclear energy as a safe, reliable and clean energy source. Currently, North Anna and Surry, our other nuclear station in Virginia, provide more than a third of the state's electricity.
Dominion's Early Site Permit (ESP) for the North Anna Power Station site received approval from the NRC on Nov. 20, 2007. This means the North Anna site has been found suitable to support an additional reactor. Dominion applied for the ESP in 2003.
Although Dominion has not made a final decision to build the unit, it wants to keep the nuclear energy option available to meet the Commonwealth's future energy needs.
Learn more about the North Anna 3 project.