Kristi “Kickass” Swartz of the AJC reports that Georgia Power has been sued in Federal Court by Westinghouse (the reactor maker) and Shaw for allegedly materially misrepresenting the amount of soil available for backfill. Backfill is important to gaining approval from nuclear regulators so moving forward without it is not an option. The amount in question is $58 million, of which Georgia Power has paid $29 million (because of a dispute clause requiring them to pay 50% of a disputed amount).
But don’t be concerned! Georgia Power’s reaction: “When compared to the project whole, the disputed amount is not large.”
Which is true, the entire plant costs $14 BILLION. Oh and yes, it has been a whole two weeks since the last news of a cost overrun.
And really, why be concerned with a mere $58 million disagreement, when the same parties have an unrelated $800 million donnybrook brewing about a different dispute.