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Nine Mile Point, New York

On November 15, 2005, Constellation Energy and its French partner AREVA, operating as a consortium known as UniStar, formally narrowed the list of sites being considered for their first new reactor permit to two: Nine Mile Point, in upstate New York, and Calvert Cliffs, in Maryland. The Nine Mile Point nuclear power plant is located in Oswego County, near Syracuse, New York. It is located on a 900-acre site that is shared by the Fitzpatrick nuclear plant. The nuclear power plant has two existing reactors.

In 2007, UniStar confirmed that their first proposal would be in Maryland. Additionally, UniStar launched a joint venture with the French owned utility,EDF. The terms of the partnership, which was announced on July 20, 2007, include 50/50 ownership in UniStar Nuclear Energy and a $625 million investment in UniStar by EDF.

On October 1, 2008, UniStar submitted its application for a Combined Operating License (COL) to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The regulatory review is expected to take approximately three years, and construction is expected to take about four years. The best-case scenario (from UniStar's perspective) would see the new reactor operational in 2015.

To view Unistar's application, click here.

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