The contractors building a new nuclear power plant in eastern Georgia have filed a lawsuit seeking more than $900 million from Southern Co. and other plant owners.

The lawsuit filed Thursday at a federal court in Washington is the third between the parties over the construction of two new reactors at Plant Vogtle (VOH'-gohl) near Augusta.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( ) reports the dispute centers in part on delays in getting federal permission to build the power plant. Westinghouse Electric Co. and the Shaw Group said they want additional pay for design changes to the plant and a 10-month delay in getting the construction license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Georgia Power denies responsibility for those extra costs.

Utility customers ultimately pay for the cost of building the nuclear plant.


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,