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The North Anna Nuclear Generating Station is a nuclear power plant on a 1,075 acre (4.4 km²) site in Louisa Countymarker, Virginiamarker. The site is operated by Dominion Generation company and is jointly owned by the Dominion Virginia Power corporation (88.4%) and by the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (11.6%).

The plant has two Westinghouse pressurized water reactors which went on-line in 1978 and 1980 respectively. Together the reactors generate 1.79 gigawatts of power, which is distributed mainly to the greater Richmondmarker area and to Northern Virginia. In March of 2003, the NRC approved 20 year license extensions for both Units 1 & 2.

An artificial lake, Lake Annamarker, was constructed on the North Anna River to provide a reservoir of water coolant for use with the nuclear plant. Exhaustive studies have shown that the lake's abundant aquatic life are not harmed by the plant's operation.

Dominion currently owns nuclear power plants in Virginia (North Anna, Surrymarker), Connecticut (Millstonemarker), and Wisconsin (Kewauneemarker). North Anna is similar in design and appearance to Surry Power Stationmarker.

Unit 3

North Anna is currently going through the lengthy process of obtaining regulatory permission to build an additional unit at the site. Dominion Nuclear North Anna, LLC submitted its application for an Early Site Permit (ESP) for the North Anna site on September 25, 2003. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued the ESP on November 27, 2007.On the same day, Dominion submitted an application for a Combined Construction and Operating License (COL) for a 1,520 MWe GEHitachi Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR), designated as North Anna Unit 3.

Construction on Unit 3 could begin by 2010, provided that the NRC, and regulatory bodies in Virginia and North Carolinamarker, approve the project. Dominion has already signed contracts with GE to purchase plant components which require a long lead time and require special manufacturing facilities.Dominion does not expect to begin commercial operation until at least 2015.

Proposed plans to add a new reactor to the North Anna site have brought public protest. On August 7, 2008 six activists from the Peoples Alliance for Clean Energy were arrested at the North Anna Information Center for trespassing.


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