The Maryland Board of Public Works voted in favor of a wetlands license for Unistar Operating Services, LLC that would allow them to begin work toward constructing a third nuclear reactor at a nuclear power plant near the Chesapeake Bay.
Unistar needs to dredge and create a discharge pipe for water from the bay that will be used to cool the reactor. However, the company cannot move forward on the project until they find a U.S. Partner and receive approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The Maryland Department of Agriculture requires that a permit or license must be obtained for any work that could change a tidal wetland including dredging.