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While The Rest Of the World Contemplates The Risk/Reward Of Nuclear Power, America Plods On
May 17, 2011, 10:22 am
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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.

Constellation Says Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant Safe, But Evidence Shows, No It Is Not

Constellation Says Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant Safe, But Evidence Shows…
No It Is Not

In interviews over the past few days, Constellation Energy spokespersons have been working to convince the public that their U.S. nuclear power plants are safe from disaster.  The truth is, while there appears to be no imminent danger, there are far too many factors that can go wrong at any nuclear plant, at any time, that put us all at risk.

In recent years, government officials and nuclear power investors have been contemplating a third reactor at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Maryland.  Until the disaster in Japan, nuclear energy was being propagandized as a “green” energy alternative and nationally there has been talk of a “Nuclear Renaissance”.  However, not everyone has been saying yes to nuclear expansion.  In addition to environmental groups around the world over, Baltidome has been posting concerns over a Nuclear Renaissance for years (See posts on “Nuclear Energy”).

From previous Baltidome Posts:

(2009) Currently Calvert Cliffs has more than 900 tons of nuclear waste stored at the site with no place to go (In the United States, spent nuclear fuel is not reprocessed as it is in other countries, such as Japan).  [1]

(2009) During security exercises in Spring 2009, “bullets escaped the firing range… striking buildings and a vehicle near the reactors, according to the NRC, Constellation and the sheriff’s office.”  In other words, somebody accidentally shot toward the reactors during an annual security drills. [2]

(2010) On March 12, 2010 an al-Qaida sweep in Yemen resulted in the roundup of 11 individuals.  One of the individuals, was a suspected al-Qaida member whose records show he worked at six U.S. nuclear power plants, including Calvert Cliffs. [3]

While the disaster in Japan is likely to quell the nuclear renaissance here in the US, it is important that we do not have short memories.  If people were not listening to the nuclear naysayers before, perhaps this tragedy will be an eye opener.

What is the worse that could happen from damage to solar panels and wind turbines?

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2. – Washington Post
3. – Huffington Post

Re: Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, I Hate To Say I Told You So, But…

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.

Baltimore Citypaper Steers Clear Of The Nuclear Debate

NO Nukes

A Baltimore Citypaper reader recently submit a letter to the editor regarding the lack of coverage of the deal between Constellation Energy and Electricite de France and their efforts for a new nuclear reactor at Calvert Cliffs.  Well Max, Baltidome hears you and wants to help you spread the word.

From the Baltimore Citypaper:

The Mail, No Nukes
Posted 11/18/2009

I went through the latest issue of City Paper looking for news of the Public Service Commission’s approval of the merger between Constellation Energy and Electricite de France. But there was none. This is a major news story, as the PSC members lacked the courage to reject a deal which will result in the building of a third nuclear reactor in Maryland.

Nuclear energy is a failed and dangerous way to produce electricity. It is a byproduct of the nuclear-weapons industry, and cannot exist without the government propping it up with favorable legislation and subsidies. Instead of the PSC telling Constellation Energy to get busy on renewable energy, it sold out the financial future of the citizens in Maryland.

The taxpayers and ratepayers cannot afford nuclear energy. Whatever reactor-cost figure is used, anywhere from $10 to $15 billion, it will be wrong, as cost overruns are a guarantee. Also guaranteed are higher rates. Many people in Baltimore, which has the highest poverty rate in the state, cannot afford current rates. How will they pay their bills when the cost of this reactor is expected to triple the rates?

People will have to make choices between paying the utility bill and buying food. Or medicine. Or paying the rent. Deregulation means never saying sorry for taking more and more money from the people. City Paper should cover this travesty.

Max Obuszewski

Another Step Closer To A Third Nuclear Reactor At Calvert Cliffs

Constellation, EDF Agree On Nuclear Venture Terms

Nuclear_SymbolBy BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press Writer Brian Witte, Associated Press Writer Mon Nov 2, 11:32 am ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Constellation Energy Group and France’s EDF agreed Monday with conditions set by Maryland regulators to move forward with a $4.5 billion joint nuclear venture.

Constellation said it had received approval from its board and that the Baltimore-based company is “now moving to close the transaction as quickly as possible.”

EDF is seeking to acquire nearly half of Constellation’s nuclear assets. Constellation has said the joint venture with EDF will enable it to build a third reactor at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Lusby in southern Maryland to meet future energy demands.

For the full story…CLICK HERE

O’Malley Will Get Political Payoff For Support Of Nuclear Renaissance In Maryland

O’Malley Supports Constellation Deal

Governor Martin O’Malley Is Supporting A Constellation Deal That Could Lead To A Nuclear Renaissance In Maryland.

Much debate has surrounded the approval of a joint venture between Baltimore-based Constellation Energy and the French owned company Electricite de France.  Today it was announced that O’Mallery supports the deal, but wants something in exchange for his approval; a one time credit for all BGE customers that may total more than $200 per household.  The payoff to customers could come just in time for O’Malley’s re-election next year.

For more information from an article in the Baltimore Sun, CLICK HERE.