Just as PSE&G wants to build a 4th reactor on the Delaware River, another reactor is planned at Calvert Cliffs on the Bay near Baltimore:

 

Citizens hearing approved !!!

 Very interesting contentions. Foreign ownership being one of them

 

 

Atomic Safety and Licensing Board ruled :

“that people within 50 miles of the site have the right to challenge reactor license applications.” I wonder if anyone in Delaware is willing to step up to the plate when a 4th reactor is approved for Artificial Island  across the river between Wilmington and Dover ?

A shortened version of contentions:

 

NUCLEAR INFORMATION AND RESOURCE SERVICE

BEYOND NUCLEAR * PUBLIC CITIZEN

 MARYLAND CITIZENS ALLIANCE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOLUTIONS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              Contact: Michael Mariotte, NIRS, 301-270-6477

March 25 2009                                                            Paul Gunter, Beyond Nuclear, 301-270-2209

 

 

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ORDERS HEARING ON LICENSING OF PROPOSED CALVERT CLIFFS-3 NUCLEAR POWER REACTOR

 

NRC LICENSING BOARD THROWS OUT UNISTAR CLAIM REACTOR IS SO SAFE NO HEARING IS NEEDED

 

An Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) established by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission March 24 ordered a judicial hearing on the licensing of UniStar Nuclear’s proposed Calvert Cliffs-3 nuclear reactor on the Chesapeake Bay. 

In doing so, the ASLB flatly rejected UniStar’s claim that its proposed reactor is so safe that no person could ever be harmed by an accident at the plant. Rather, the ASLB upheld the NRC’s precedent that people within 50 miles of the site have the right to challenge reactor license applications. 

The ASLB ordered the courtroom-style hearings on three key issues:

*whether the entire project is illegal under the Atomic Energy Act’s prohibition against foreign “ownership, control or domination” of a nuclear reactor 

*whether UniStar Nuclear must prove it can afford to pay eventual decommissioning liabilities before receiving a federal construction license 

*how UniStar will handle the highly radioactive waste, classified as Class B and C “low-level” waste, the reactor will generate given that the only site in the country that accepted this waste closed in July 2008. UniStar’s application did not include adequate on-site storage facilities for this dangerous waste.

………The reactor itself would be supplied by another French company, Areva. Substantial financing of the project is expected, according to UniStar officials, to come from the French export-import bank. All three entities are organs of the French government.

 

If the ASLB agrees after hearing testimony that this overwhelming participation by French companies and the French government constitutes ownership, control, or domination by foreign entities, UniStar’s license will be denied. ……

 

“Now that our standing is confirmed, we will have the opportunity to submit new contentions as new application documents and safety concerns emerge,” noted Paul Gunter of Beyond Nuclear. “We expect a long process.”

 

“UniStar’s French connection will prove to be its Achilles Heel,” said Mariotte. “The Atomic Energy Act is clear: this level of foreign involvement is illegal

The order is available at http://www.nirs.org/nukerelapse/calvert/aslborder324.pdf.