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In the meantime, proponents of nuclear power lauded the NRC for promising to revisit its ownership rules, which haven’t been changed in nearly 60 years.

“Given the global nature of the nuclear world of today, there’s a strong argument to be made for the agency to re-examine its foreign ownership policies. We view the NRC’s directive in that area positively,” said Mitch Singer, a spokesman with the Nuclear Energy Institute, the industry’s leading policy organization.

In a statement, UniStar indicated that it wasn’t ready to give up on the project.

“We look forward to receipt of the revised guidance [from the NRC] on foreign ownership and hope to participate in that process,” the company said.