So what’s new? First, the press picked up the report
Now, an anti-nuclear group claims that the Calvert Cliffs Unit 3 reactor will be controlled by a foreign company. Let us state:
- Foreign control of a nuclear facility is a violation of the Atomic Energy Act. Constellation Energy and EDF have put safeguards in place so that ownership and nuclear safety matters remain with UniStar and under U.S. control. Period.
- UniStar has chosen the AREVA U.S. EPR™ technology, since through careful analysis, we consider it the safest and best design on the market. Just because you buy a BMW or Mercedes, does that mean your driving habits are controlled by a foreign company?
- There was also concern that foreign technology risks the safety and quality of our facilities. Yes, the U.S. and Europe have different rules and regulations for energy facility construction – just like car manufacturers. If a manufacturer wants to sell their product in the U.S. they have to conform to U.S. standards. Rules and regulations for nuclear energy components are extremely strict. Whether manufactured here or overseas, they still need to pass U.S. certifications, inspections and assessments. Multiple times.
- More than $2 billion has already been spent in the U.S. to support domestic equipment and services for new reactors. In the U.S. however, we just don’t have the manufacturing capability that we had 30 years ago. Even iconic American vehicles, such as the Ford Mustang or Dodge Ram are now considered imports
- So far U.S. workers in 40 states have been involved in the development of Calvert Cliffs 3. Once we break ground the project will create 4,000 construction jobs and 400 permanent jobs during the plant’s operation.
- Loan guarantees for the nuclear energy industry (as well as renewable projects, transportation, shipbuilding and other critical areas) allow companies to access capital at lower interest rates than would otherwise be possible. All loans must be paid back in full with interest
- Taxpayers footing the bill for the facility? Not for nuclear. The nuclear energy loan guarantee program
While anti-nuclear energy people will remain vocal in their opposition, we just hope that those interested in learning the facts will look at both sides of the argument and educate themselves about the whole story of nuclear energy. It is encouraging that with the ever-growing public support for nuclear energy, many people have been reading and learning, and evaluating the best option for our growing electricity needs. And coming to a nuclear conclusion.