UniStar appeals Calvert Cliffs reactor rejection

UniStar Nuclear Energy has asked the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission to review the rejection of the French-controlled company's bid to build a third reactor at Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant.

UniStar filed a petition Monday asking for a hearing before the five member commission on the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board's ruling that the company is ineligible for a reactor operating license because federal law bars foreign ownership of a nuclear plant.

The licensing board on Aug. 30 gave the company 60 days to find a U.S. partner or its application would be shelved. UniStar's lawyers said the company's efforts to find a domestic partner are hampered by uncertainty over what level of foreign investment would be acceptable under the law.

The company asks the NRC to overturn the board's decision and send it back for further review with "clear and objective guidance" on what measures a company can put in place to offset or negate its foreign ownership or financing.

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