BRADENTON, Fla. - An appellate court has denied a motion by environmental groups to stay the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's approval of the construction and operating licenses for two new nuclear units at Plant Vogtle in Georgia.

The stay, rejected Wednesday, was an interim action being sought in the underlying case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, according to Diane Curran, attorney with Harmon, Curran, Spielberg & Eisenberg LLP, which is representing Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and eight other organizations.

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