[ RadSafe ] Nuclear Regulatory Commission denies a license for new nuclear reactor

Steven Dapra sjd at swcp.com
Fri Aug 31 22:37:12 CDT 2012

Aug. 31

         To state the obvious, NIRS won, however it won on a legal 
technicality.  It did not win based on the safety of the reactor.  I 
would say that's not much of a victory.

Steven Dapra

At 10:22 AM 8/31/2012, you wrote:

>NRC Denies License - UniStar and EDF Looking for Partner for Calvert Cliffs
>Third Reactor
>Nuclear Street News
>Fri, Aug 31 2012 7:42 AM
>The NRC denied a license Thursday to UniStar Nuclear Energy, a
>French-controlled company that proposed a third nuclear reactor at the
>Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Southern Maryland. UniStar will have
>60 days to provide proof of progress toward a partnership with a U.S.
>company that meets the NRC's requirements.
>At the end of those 60 days the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board would be
>forced to terminate the company's application proceedings entirely.
>The decision follows a ruling from the NRC in April 2011 that UniStar
>Nuclear Energy, which is owned by Electricite de France, is not eligible to
>control the proposed $9.6 billion Calvert Cliffs 3 project under its current
>ownership structure. Federal law prohibits a foreign entity from completely
>owning or controlling a U.S. nuclear plant.
>Regulators said in April 2011 that they would continue to process EDF's
>existing application for licensing while the company sought a partner.
>Until November 2010, UniStar had been owned in "near-equal shares" by
>Constellation Energy Group and EDF.
>But after Constellation pulled out of negotiations with the Department of
>Energy over a federal loan guarantee considered critical to the project, EDF
>acquired Constellation's 50 percent interest in UniStar and decided to push
>forward with the project on its own.
>The company has said in the past that it will find a U.S. partner and
>ultimately complete the project.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu
>[mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Roger Helbig
>Sent: Friday, August 31, 2012 4:00 AM
>Subject: [ RadSafe ] Nuclear Regulatory Commission denies a license for new
>nuclear reactor
>The anti-nukes are crowing about this sad day for the rest of America.
>Christina MacPherson posted: "CALVERT CLIFFS-3 LICENSE DENIED!
>http://www.nirs.org/    August 30, 2012. In a historic decision, NRC
>Licensing Board supports NIRS's position and denies construction/operating
>license for Calvert Cliffs-3! Key decision here. NIRS press statemen"
>Historic event - Nuclear Regulatory Commission denies a license for new
>nuclear reactor
>by Christina MacPherson
>CALVERT CLIFFS-3 LICENSE DENIED!   http://www.nirs.org/    August 30,
>2012. In a historic decision, NRC Licensing Board supports NIRS's position
>and denies construction/operating license for Calvert Cliffs-3! Key decision
>here. NIRS press statement is here.
>The Licensing Board also issued decisions onNIRS' solar and wind contention,
>and another contention related to Fukushima Task Force issues.
>On July 26, 2012, NIRS held a press briefing on the expected Calvert
>Cliffs-3 decision and its implications for the nuclear industry with Michael
>Mariotte of NIRS, Bob Eye, attorney for intervenors in the South Texas
>licensing proceeding, and former NRC Commissioner Peter Bradford. You can
>listen to the briefing here. Michael Mariotte's opening statement is here.
>Timeline of the Calvert Cliffs-3 reactor project and licensing proceeding.
>Christina MacPherson | August 31, 2012 at 6:36 am | Categories:
>politics, USA | URL: http://wp.me/phgse-7nB

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