Panel of judges at NRC deny French company license to build reactor in Maryland
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission can’t issue a license to a French company to build a new nuclear power plant in Maryland as long as the company is completely foreign owned, a panel of judges ruled Thursday.
The 29-page ruling on the application to build a third reactor at Calvert Cliffs was made by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board. The ruling noted that the 1954 Atomic Energy Act prohibits the NRC from issuing a reactor license to any company owned by a foreign corporation or government.
“The license cannot be granted as long as the current ownership arrangement is in effect,” the judges wrote.
The two current reactors at Calvert Cliffs are operated by Constellation.
The ruling gives UniStar 60 days to provide proof of progress toward a partnership with a U.S. company that meets the NRC’s requirements.
“Given the apparent lack of progress in finding potential U.S. partners, the amount of time that has elapsed since applicants became 100 per cent foreign owned, and the current economic climate, we are not willing to grant applicants an indefinite amount of time to resolve this deficiency because doing so would be counter to the commission’s policies and regulations,” the judges wrote.