COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has told Duke Energy a decision on its application to build and operate two more nuclear power reactors in South Carolina won't be made until 2016, about three years later than planned.
A letter to Duke released by the NRC says the delay is caused by federal budget cuts affecting its resources.
Another factor is Duke's decision last year to adjust the location of the nuclear sites.
NRC official David Matthews says in the letter that a hearing on the application is now set for April 2016. It had been scheduled for last March.
Duke Energy has electricity customers in seven Midlands counties, served either through Duke Energy Carolinas or Duke Energy Progress following last month's merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy.