UPDATE 1-US NRC: no license for Maryland reactor for now

 * NRC cannot yet issue license due to foreign ownership
 * Review of application continues
 * EDF says UniStar looking for U.S. partner
 (Recasts, adds details, quotes from EDF and NRC)
 WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) - The U.S. nuclear regulator
said on Friday it cannot yet issue a license to UniStar Nuclear
Energy to build a reactor at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power
station in Maryland due to the company's foreign ownership, but
that UniStar could go forward if it gains a U.S. partner.
 "We couldn't issue a license in their current corporate
configuration," said Eliot Brenner, a spokesman for the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission.
 UniStar is owned by Electricite de France (EDF.PA: Quote, Profile, Research).
 Under U.S. law, nuclear plants cannot be owned by foreign
companies. The NRC said its decision had nothing to do with the
recent crippling of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan
by an earthquake and tsunami.
 The NRC's review of the application will continue, while
UniStar examines its options, the agency said.
 EDF said UniStar was seeking a U.S. partner. "As we have
consistently stated, Calvert Cliffs 3 will ultimately have a
U.S. partner," EDF said in a statement.
 UniStar and U.S.-based Constellation Generation Group
(CEG.N: Quote, Profile, Research) submitted the application in 2007 for the project, but
EDF bought out Constellation last year. [ID:nN26180877]
 "While EDF and UniStar disagree with the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission's conclusion regarding UniStar's present governance
structure, we are pleased that the NRC will continue to review
all other aspects of our pending application," EDF said.
 "UniStar and EDF will work with the NRC to resolve the
governance issues prior to the issuance of the license," it
said.
 (Reporting by Timothy Gardner, Roberta Rampton, Ayesha Rascoe
and Tom Doggett; Editing by Dale Hudson)


UPDATE 1-US NRC: no license for Maryland reactor for now