At first blush, it looks as if the opponents of the expansion of the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Maryland have won. Foes of a third reactor for the Maryland facility had raised the issue of foreign ownership in a hearing before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board.
As the Capital Gazette reported today:
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board ended its proceeding on foreign ownership for a proposed third reactor at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant on Friday.
The hearing followed an August ruling by the Board against Calvert Cliffs. As the article reported:
In an August ruling, the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board said it could not issue a license to UniStar Nuclear unless it could prove that it was not completely foreign owned. The company was given 60 days to change its ownership to satisfy foreign ownership, control and domination requirements, according to documents released Friday. That period ended this week.
But, there’s a catch:
In the board’s August ruling, it stated “In the event that applicants obtain a domestic partner subsequent to the closing of this proceeding, they may then move to reopen the proceeding.”
This issue is of particular concern to those of us opposing two new reactors at the South Texas Project. The Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) Coalition has raised the issue of foreign ownership in that license application process.