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NRC rejects 3rd Calvert Cliffs reactor

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday upheld the earlier denial of a license to a French company for a third nuclear reactor at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant.

Last August, the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board rejected UniStar Nuclear’s request to obtain such a license.

The board found, and the NRC agreed, that the project would violate the Atomic Energy Act’s prohibition of foreign “ownership, control or domination” of a U.S. nuclear reactor.

UniStar’s owner, Electricite de France, is 85 percent owned by the French government.

The NRC announced its ruling on the second anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in Japan.