Authorities in Florida, US, have approved site certification for Progress Energy Florida’s Levy nuclear power plant, the first nuclear facility approved in the state since 1976.

Progress Energy Florida’s site request for construction of its nuclear facility spans a 3,105-acre location in Levy County and will consist of two 1,100MW nuclear powered units and related transmission lines.

The site certification application includes a detailed analysis of the potential environmental impacts of the proposed plant.

Progress Energy has said it will retire two old coal-fired units at the Crystal River Energy Complex in Citrus County after a new nuclear plant is built in Levy County.