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By Carol Emert and Carol Emert,States News Service | February 6, 1992
WASHINGTON -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said yesterday that it has removed the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant from its "watch list" of plants requiring extra regulatory oversight.Calvert Cliffs, owned by Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., was put on the list in December 1988, largely because of a management philosophy that emphasized production over safety, according to NRC reports.The Southern Maryland plant has "continued to improve performance in all previously identified problem areas and has demonstrated a sustained period of safe operations," according to a letter from the NRC to BG&E Chairman George McGowan.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
The Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant restarted its reactor that automatically shut down last week after a malfunction at the Southern Maryland facility. Operator Exelon Corp. said Monday that the Unit 1 reactor returned to full power at 9 a.m. Sunday. The facility's second reactor continued to run during the outage, one of three incidents in the last eight months in which one or both of the units had unplanned shutdowns. The malfunction that caused Unit 1 to power down Thursday morning happened during electrical breaker testing, Exelon said.
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By Ross Hetrick and Ross Hetrick,Evening Sun Staff | September 20, 1990
Concerned about possible damage to Baltimore Gas & Electric Co.'s ability to borrow money, the staff of the Public Service Commission is recommending that the utility's customers shoulder part of the cost of the shutdown Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant.The PSC staff, which participates in cases before the five-member Public Service Commission, contends that BG&E should receive a rate increase of $98.4 million. The utility wants a $194 million increase.BG&E requested the 12 percent rate increase -- the largest in its history -- in May to pay for renovations at its troubled Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant, construction of a new coal-fired plant and financing the purchase of power from other utilities.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2014
A malfunction at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant caused an automatic shutdown of one of the two reactors there Thursday morning, the latest in a series of issues at the Southern Maryland facility. Chicago-based Exelon Corp., which operates Calvert Cliffs, said the malfunction happened during electrical breaker testing. The Unit 1 reactor shut down as a result at about 10:15 a.m. "All safety systems responded as designed and the plant came off-line as expected," Exelon said in a statement.
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By Ross Hetrick and Ross Hetrick,Evening Sun Staff | April 19, 1991
Baltimore Gas & Electric Co.'s long-standing problems with its Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant may be drawing to a close.At BG&E's annual meeting today, shareholders were told that the second reactor of the two-reactor nuclear plant would return to service by the end of next week."
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By CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE | February 19, 2004
WASHINGTON - Government inspectors went to the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant this week to examine a cooling system malfunction that caused the Unit 2 nuclear reactor to shut down briefly Jan. 23. But plant and Calvert County officials said there was no cause for alarm in the shutdown and the inspection, which will last for a week, is routine. "There was no threat to surrounding areas, and there were no public health and safety consequences," said Neil A. Sheehan, a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which dispatched inspectors to the Lusby plant Tuesday.
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May 8, 2005
THE FUTURE of energy use in this country seems increasingly a matter of choosing between inadequate options. Oil is scarce and expensive and dirties the air. Coal is more plentiful and cheaper but just as dirty, and is extracted in ways that mutilate the landscape. Natural gas: cleaner, but also scarce and expensive. Renewables such as wind, solar power, biomass and plant-based fuels each has limitations and can't be a sole energy source. Against such competition, nuclear power is emerging from its quarter-century in limbo since the 1979 radiation leak at Three Mile Island scared everybody silly.
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By Carol Emert and Carol Emert,States News Service | February 6, 1992
WASHINGTON -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said yesterday that it has removed the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant from its "watch list" of plants requiring extra regulatory oversight.Calvert Cliffs, owned by Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., was put on the list in December 1988, largely because of a management philosophy that emphasized production over safety, according to NRC reports and agency officials.The Southern Maryland plant has "continued to improve performance in all previously identified problem areas and has demonstrated a sustained period of safe operations," according to a letter from the NRC to BG&E Chairman George McGowan.
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By Carol Emert and Carol Emert,States News Service | February 6, 1992
WASHINGTON -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said yesterday that it has removed the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant from its "watch list" of plants requiring extra regulatory oversight.Calvert Cliffs, owned by Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., was put on the list in December 1988, largely because of a management philosophy that emphasized production over safety, according to NRC reports and agency officials.The Southern Maryland plant has "continued to improve performance in all previously identified problem areas and has demonstrated a sustained period of safe operations," according to a letter from the NRC to BG&E Chairman George V. McGowan.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | April 12, 2000
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled yesterday that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission was correct in dismissing a hearing request by a Washington advocacy group that opposed the license renewal of the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Southern Maryland. The NRC voted unanimously last month to extend the life of the Calvert Cliffs complex for another 20 years, making Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. the nation's first electric utility to win relicensing of its nuclear power plant.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2013
A new report suggests that a substantial number of U.S. nuclear reactors — including one or both at Calvert Cliffs in Southern Maryland — are at risk of early retirement. Mark Cooper with the Vermont Law School's Institute for Energy and the Environment said a third of the country's nuclear fleet have a number of risk factors, largely economic, that could lead to their owners' deciding to shut them down before their licenses expire. A single problem, such as a costly repair, could be enough to push any of the reactors over the brink, he said.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in southern Maryland restarted one of its two reactors Thursday after fixing the mechanical problem that caused its shutdown two days earlier, a Constellation spokesman said. Unit 2 reconnected to the regional electric grid at 8:50 a.m. after workers fixed a faulty coupling on a pump feeding water into one of two steam generators at the plant, said Kory Raftery, spokesman for Constellation Energy Nuclear Group. Operators shut the reactor down Tuesday morning after vibrations caused the pump to stop operating, Raftery said.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2012
Once promoted as the vanguard of a "nuclear renaissance," a proposed new reactor at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Southern Maryland now faces a major new roadblock, with federal regulators threatening to shelve the troubled $9.6 billion project unless the French-controlled developer comes up with a U.S. partner in the next two months. The ruling Thursday by the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board was not unexpected, as the board's parent Nuclear Regulatory Commission had warned Unistar Nuclear Energy more than a year ago that it could not get a license for the Maryland reactor without a U.S. partner.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2012
Federal regulators denied a license Thursday to the French-controlled company for a proposed third nuclear reactor at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Southern Maryland, giving the company 60 days to find a U.S. partner. At the end of those 60 days, the three judges of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board wrote, they would be forced to terminate the company's application proceedings entirely. The decision follows warnings from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in April 2011 that UniStar Nuclear Energy, which is owned by Electricite de France, is not eligible to control the proposed $9.6 billion Calvert Cliffs 3 project under its current ownership structure.
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By Greg Schneider and Greg Schneider,SUN STAFF | December 31, 1996
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. has agreed to settle a 6-year-old rate case with the Maryland Public Service Commission by not charging customers for $118 million in energy costs related to the Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant shutdown.Yesterday's preliminary settlement with the Office the of People's Counsel and the PSC staff closes the state's longest and most expensive rate case ever. The commission now has 30 days to review the deal.BGE agreed to absorb part of the cost with a noncash charge of $58 million during the fourth quarter of 1996 that equates to 39 cents per share.
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By Kevin L. McQuaid and Kevin L. McQuaid,SUN STAFF | October 21, 1997
The District of Columbia's Public Service Commission approved the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s planned merger with a Washington utility yesterday, but not without a number of potentially devastating conditions that further threaten the $3 billion corporate marriage.District regulators ordered BGE and the Potomac Electric Power Co. (Pepco) to freeze electric rates for Washington residents for four years and rebate more than $100 million to customers.Perhaps more onerous, the D.C. commission's 200-page ruling also ordered that BGE and Pepco could not pass costs associated with the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant to D.C. customers.
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