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Unistar Files First Part of COL Application for EPR at Calvert Cliffs

From World Nuclear News:
Unistar submitted the first part of a licence application to build a new nuclear power plant on 13 July. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has said it is now looking over documents detailing the environmental impact Calvert Cliffs 3 would make.

Calvert Cliffs, owned by Unistar partner Constellation, is about 64 km south of Annapolis, Maryland. It already hosts two pressurized water reactors, which have produced 865 MWe each since the mid 1970s. The US Evolutionary Power Reactor (USEPR) proposed for build would add some 1600 MWe to the plant's output around the middle of the next decade.

The NRC has said it is now examining the environmental report documentation, which runs to around 5900 pages and can be found in the New Reactor Licensing section of its website. Scott Burnell of the NRC told World Nuclear News that the commission was conducting a sufficiency check. If the report seems in order, the NRC will 'docket' it and begin formal review in earnest. A public meeting is already scheduled for 14 August, where the review process would be discussed.
The first public meeting on the application has been scheduled for August 14 in Solomons, Maryland.

Comments

Anonymous said…
I find this very strange and surprising! Constellation - which is one half of UniStar - has always said it would submit its COLA in March 2008...

Are the deliberately trying to mislead us?!?!
David Bradish said…
Actually, they've only submitted one part of the application and according to this table we keep up to date, they've always indicated that they will "submit siting information early."

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