French spin portrays EDF nuclear exit from the US as a Proglio success! Here’s the real scoop!


Section 103(d) of the Atomic Energy Act (42 U.S.C. § 2133) states in plain language: “No license may be issued to an alien or any corporation or other entity if the Commission knows or has reason to believe it is owned, controlled, or dominated by an alien, a foreign corporation, or a foreign government.”

Those words are the law of the land, and for decades they stood unchallenged and uncontroversial.

And then along came Electricite de France (EDF), a utility mostly owned by the French government, with major expansionist dreams. 

Back in the mid-2000s, EDF wanted to jump into the promised and rosy nuclear “renaissance” in the U.S. So it teamed up with another French-government dominated company, reactor manufacturer Areva, to build at least four of its new EPR reactors in the U.S.

The first would be at Calvert Cliffs, Maryland, 50 miles from the Capitol Dome, where EDF partnered…

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