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Ga. regulators weigh deal on nuclear plant costs

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ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia officials will decide this week whether to delay a major debate over the cost of building a nuclear power plant.

The Public Service Commission is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a deal between agency regulators and Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power.

Under the plan, Georgia Power would withdraw a request to increase its budget to build two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle. It originally wanted to raise the construction budget by $737 million to $6.85 billion.

Instead of deciding whether to raise the budget now, utility regulators would not debate that issue until the first of the new reactors comes online. That's expected to happen in January 2018 at the earliest.

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