A virtual tour of the troubled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is uploaded to Internet

SAN ONOFRE – A virtual tour of the troubled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in San Diego County has been uploaded to the Internet, according to its operator.

The production, which focuses on safety issues, is on SONGSCommunity.com, according to Southern California Edison. SONGS is an acronym for the plant’s official name.

It uses audio and video to explain containment domes, the seawall and emergency diesel generators. The tour is available in English and Spanish.

”A nuclear plant doesn’t have many tours open to the public for safety and security reasons,” said Pete Dietrich, senior vice president of SCE and chief nuclear officer. ”But with this virtual tour, our community members, our customers and anyone around the world can come inside the plant and understand what the facility does and how it works.”

The plant has been inoperative since a leak was discovered in one of its two nuclear reactors at the end of January. A small amount of radioactivity was released, but no one was hurt.

The other reactor was shut down at the time for scheduled maintenance.

The virtual tour is part of ongoing efforts by the utility to inform and educate the public about the plant and repairs, corrective actions and a proposal to restart and operate Unit 2, where the leak occurred. Engineers and community liaisons are also conducting open houses in several communities in the region and are available to speak to groups upon request.

The plant, 20 percent of which is owned by San Diego Gas & Electric, won’t be able to resume operations until the Nuclear Regulatory Commission gives its approval.

4 Responses to "A virtual tour of the troubled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is uploaded to Internet"

  1. 3 year home owner in Fallbrook.   November 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    "Dollie land."

  2. Radiation   November 28, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Didn’t realize there was a radiation leak… Is this something to be worried about in the surrounding communities?

  3. Got to wonder   November 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    You have to wonder about SCE’s ability to safely operate SONGS. They are now downsizing the staff by 1/3. Either they have been intentionally padding the payroll all these years which indicates they are corrupt, or unintentionally hired more staff than they required all these years which indicates they are incompetent, or they are lying about being able to now safely operate the plant with fewer employees. I want to know which is it. Should we all be stocking up on PI pills? At the very least, SDG&E should demand that SCE absorb all the severance pay costs. Don’t be surprised, however, if there is some backroom deal with the PUC and we, the ratepayers, get stuck with the bill.

  4. Really?   November 29, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    They have not generated electricity in almost a year, so clearly they are not able to sustain the current staff that they have. They are trying to go online with only one unit at this time, not both units, so they won’t need the full staff for a two unit plant. I’m sure there will be another round of layoffs coming once they see where they can cut further.


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