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September 25, 2018

Nine Mile 3 Plans Put On Hold Because It Doesn’t Make Feds’ Cut For Loan Guarantees


<p>The Nine Mile Point nuclear station, with Nine Mile 1 on the left and Nine Mile 2 and its signature cooling tower on the right.  Photo © Constellation Energy Group, Inc. 2008</p>

The Nine Mile Point nuclear station, with Nine Mile 1 on the left and Nine Mile 2 and its signature cooling tower on the right. Photo © Constellation Energy Group, Inc. 2008

The proposed Nine Mile Point 3 nuclear plant has suffered another setback.

UniStar Nuclear, the company that wants to build four new nuclear plants, sent a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to ask the agency to suspend its review of UniStar’s application for Nine Mile 3.

The reason: The Nine Mile 3 project did not make the federal Energy Department’s list of projects to receive a federal loan guarantee. Four nuclear power projects have been named as finalists, including one of UniStar’s other projects.

In the letter, UniStar’s CEO said the company remains committed to Nine Mile 3 as one of its first four projects, but needs the loan guarantees and urged the federal government to open a second round of guarantees.

UniStar had already slowed the pace of work on the project, having decided to build its first new reactor near its headquarters in Maryland.

“Any additional information from Unistar or other new reactor applicants will be factored into the NRC’s planning for future activities. The agency has, in the past year or so, scaled back or halted review activities when other applicants have provided information supporting such a decision,” said Scott Burnell, an NRC spokesman, in an e-mail to Oswego County Today.

Local officials have cheered the project on, because it would provide thousands of construction jobs and several hundred permanent jobs.

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