Filed under: Nuclear Energy | Tags: Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power, Fukushima, NRC, Unistar
While The Rest Of the World Contemplates The Risk/Reward Of Nuclear Power, America Plods On
May 13, 2011, Timothy Wheeler of the Baltimore Sun:
Third Calvert Cliffs nuclear reactor clears environmental review
A federal environmental review has found no reason not to permit construction of a third Calvert Cliffs nuclear power reactor in southern Maryland, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Friday.
The final environmental impact statement by the NRC and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District recommends issuance of a construction and operating permit to Unistar to build a 1,500 megawatt pressurized water reactor near Lusby in Calvert County.
Other regulatory hurdles remain. The NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board is weighing a challenge to the staff’s environmental review and whether Unistar meets federal requirements limiting foreign ownership.
While the rest of the world evaluates the nuclear disaster at Fukushima and the RISK -vs- REWARD of nuclear power, in its arrogance America (and in particular, Maryland) plods on. While a Tsunami is not likely imminent at the Lusby, MD plant, let us not forget the close proximity of the plant to millions of people (including the President) and the other potential disasters that could occur there. The Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Maryland maintains hundreds of tons of nuclear waste with nowhere to go, it once had a suspected Al-Qaeda member working there and has had other rarely-mentioned safety issues such as security exercises gone awry.
Filed under: News, Nuclear Energy | Tags: Calvert Cliffs al-Qaida, Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power, Constellation Energy
Re: Calvert Cliffs, I Hate To Say I Told You So, But…
In an August 2009 post, Why Should Baltimore Care About A New Nuclear Reactor At Calvert Cliffs, Baltidome outlined reasons why Baltimorians should get involved with the Nuclear Renaissance debate and a third reactor at Calvert Cliffs. One point of the post payed particular attention to national security.
The post points out that, although there is no (public) evidence to suggest that Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant is a specific target, recent security exercises gone bad illustrate how poorly equipped the facility may be to handle a security breach.
Fast forward to today where news broke about an al-Qaida sweep in Yemen that resulted in the roundup of 11 individuals; a roundup that included one suspected al-Qaida member whose records show he worked at six U.S. nuclear power plants, including Calvert Cliffs.
So, again the question is raised, should we be supporting a Nuclear Renaissance in the United States?
For a full article about the suspected al-Qaida member, CLICK HERE.