The Washington Post is reporting the first application to build a new U.S. nuclear power plant in three decades has been filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The Constellation Energy Group of Baltimore filed a partial application to build a third nuclear reactor at Calvert Cliffs in Lusby, Maryland. The site is about 50 miles from the nation's capitol. This marks the first new application to build a nuclear power plant in the United States since before the partial meltdown at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania in 1979. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission expects a wave of new nuclear power plant applications in the near future.
Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that a one-sentence provision buried in the Senate's recently passed energy bill could make builders of new nuclear plants eligible for tens of billions of dollars in government loan guarantees.
The sentence was inserted without debate at the urging of the nuclear power industry.