Friday May 2, 2008

Unistar: Oswego Still on Charts for a New Nuclear Plant

Maryland decision doesn?t discount new nuke for NMP

    Constellation Energy's decision to pursue its plans to build its first new nuclear reactor in Maryland doesn't change the company's plans to also build in Oswego County, a company spokeswoman said.

    The site of Constellation's first new nuclear reactor will be coastal Maryland, and not Oswego County, the company said recently. Groundbreaking ceremonies could come as soon as this year, according to an Associated Press story.

    "The preparations for Nine Mile Point are in no way changed," said Maureen Brown, spokeswoman for UniStar, a partnership led by Constellation, which owns Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station in Scriba.

    "While UniStar Nuclear Energy has not made a final decision to build a new nuclear plant, the growing support for a new reactor in Maryland does not change UniStar's preparations for a potential new reactor at the Nine Mile Point location in New York."

    UniStar is still planning to apply to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to build and operate another reactor at Nine Mile Point, she said. She said the application will be submitted at the end of this year.

    Decision made

    Problems with the Maryland state Legislature that had Constellation thinking it might first build at Nine Mile Point in Scriba were settled, company CEO Mayo Shattuck said in a published report.

    The remarks came during a visit by Maryland's governor to Calvert Cliffs, Md., where Constellation wants to build a third nuclear reactor.

    Gov. Martin O'Malley brokered a settlement with Constellation that was reportedly approved last month by the state's General Assembly.

    Constellation officials said in January that the company wanted to build the reactor in New York instead, saying Maryland's regulatory environment had shown signs of hostility toward utilities. But Shattuck said the settlement eased his concerns and that the company wants to build the reactor in Maryland.

    Shattuck said the company also wants to build a reactor at Nine Mile Point nuclear power station. However, he said, the company is "doing everything now with respect to our licensing process that would signal that this (Calvert Cliffs) is the plant that we want to build first."

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