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By Liz F. Kay | liz.kay@baltsun.com | March 1, 2010
One reactor at Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in southern Maryland has resumed operations after electrical problems stemming from a leaky roof caused an unexpected shutdown on Feb. 18, a spokesman said Monday. The Lusby plant's second reactor remains out of service for refueling, said David Fitz, a spokesman for Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, a subsidiary of Constellation Energy Group. Inspectors from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission went to Calvert Cliffs last week to investigate the cause of the shutdown.
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NEWS
October 12, 2010
In Jay Hancock's article, "Lack of climate change bill killed new nuclear reactor" (October 10), he concludes that now, more than ever, large, expensive interstate transmission lines, particularly PATH and TrAIL, are needed for electricity. This is a faulty conclusion. The same reasoning that made Calvert Cliffs 3 illogical works against PATH and TrAIL — there are more viable alternatives economically and environmentally. First and foremost is energy efficiency and demand response.
BUSINESS
By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2010
Federal regulators investigating an automatic plant shutdown in February of the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant have found a safety issue deemed of low to moderate significance that may spur additional oversight. Both reactors at the Lusby plant, owned by Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, shut down after an electrical malfunction caused by melting snow on a leaky roof, a company spokesman said at the time. Inspectors for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said they found some equipment at the plant had been used longer than the manufacturer recommended and hadn't been tested to determine whether it was still reliable, according to an NRC spokesman.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2012
The state Board of Public Works gave its unanimous approval Wednesday to a wetlands dredging permit for a company that hopes to build a third nuclear reactor at the Calvert Cliffs power plant in Southern Maryland, even though the project is far from getting off the ground. The board granted the permit to UniStar Operating Services LLC after being told approval would help the company secure the licensing, financing and U.S.-based partner it would need to get the stalled project moving.
BUSINESS
By Jay Hancock | October 27, 2010
They can cancel the beret and tricolor-flag orders at the Perryman Power Plant. The French won't buy the Harford County facility after all. On Tuesday, owner Constellation Energy Group agreed to cancel its option to sell about a dozen electricity plants to EDF Group, the big energy company controlled by the French government. At the same time, Constellation let EDF assume development of a third nuclear reactor at Calvert Cliffs in Southern Maryland. But I wouldn't start polishing the escargot forks at Calvert Cliffs, either.
BUSINESS
By Jay Hancock | August 1, 2010
Constellation Energy and the French EDF Group say they're committed to building an enormous nuclear-power plant next to the one Constellation already operates at Calvert Cliffs on the Chesapeake Bay. But the $9 billion project looks less and less certain with each month that goes by. It's not just the delayed Department of Energy review of the government-backed financing. (Without that financing, the unit is dead. Constellation complained last week about the procrastination.) It's not just the usual political catfight for government resources, although with Calvert Cliffs in his district, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer is a formidable ally.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2012
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has charged Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant with a safety violation after an employee "deliberately became inattentive" — meaning he was caught napping — last year in the room housing diesel generators for use in an emergency. Kory Raftery, spokesman for Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, said Tuesday the employee was promptly dismissed after a supervisor discovered him, and the company does not intend to challenge the NRC's findings. The federal agency said it appeared to be an isolated incident and classified the infraction as of very low safety significance.
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2010
Constellation Energy Group Chief Executive Mayo A. Shattuck warned Wednesday that the proposed new nuclear reactor at Calvert Cliffs would be in jeopardy if the project does not receive approval for a federal loan guarantee by the end of the summer. Shattuck said the delay for the conditional guarantee, which is considered crucial to financing the nuclear unit, has begun to "affect the prospects for the Calvert Cliffs project." And the wait has prompted the Baltimore company to roll back its spending on the project, Shattuck said, during a conference call announcing its second-quarter earnings.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2011
Workers at Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant in Southern Maryland were working Sunday afternoon to bring a reactor online after it was shut down late Saturday when a piece of debris tossed by heavy winds from Hurricane Irene damaged a transformer. Spokesman Mark Sullivan said "Unit 1" remains off-line while workers inspect the transformer and ensure it is in "safe and workable condition. " A second reactor was working fine at 100 percent power, and the plant remains stable, Sullivan said.
NEWS
March 16, 2011
Ellen Vancko, a Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) spokesperson, made criticisms of the economics of modern nuclear energy ("Calvert Cliffs 3 makes no economic sense," March 9) which are unsubstantiated. The UCS is mired in the conditions of the 1970s and unwilling to acknowledge the changes in global nuclear energy development in the 21st century. The UCS is lukewarmly pro-nuclear, exaggerating the hazards of the technology while claiming to support it. By focusing on subsides to the nuclear power industry, some from 50 years ago, Ms. Vancko failed to mention that the renewables are receiving generous subsidies today.
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