Authorities to meet with So. Cal Edison regarding restart for San Onofre

SAN DIEGO (Wire Service) – Nuclear Regulatory Commission authorities will meet with Southern California Edison officials next week to discuss a restart plan for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in northern San Diego County.

The plant has been shut down since a leak was discovered in one of two nuclear reactors at the end of January. The other reactor was off-line for planned maintenance — and neither has operated since.

According to the NRC, the Dec. 18 meeting will focus on SCE’s October response to a list of actions the agency requires before a restart would be considered. The utility is the majority owner and operator of the plant. San Diego Gas & Electric owns a 20 percent share and receives 20 percent of the power it creates.

Anti-nuclear activists are opposed to any plans to restart the facility.

A group called Friends of the Earth contends that new steam generators installed at San Onofre in 2010 were of such a different design that SCE should have to go through an entirely new licensing procedure before the plant returns

to service.

According to the NRC, no decision on restarting the plant has been made.

NRC staff plans to take questions from the public at the meeting, which will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific Time in Rockville, Md. The meeting will also be webcast.

4 Responses to "Authorities to meet with So. Cal Edison regarding restart for San Onofre"

  1. Bill Hawkins   January 5, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission began formally flagging nuclear safety concerns at the SONGS Federal Nuclear Prison in 2008, citing its failures to provide adequate instructions to employees, weaknesses in ensuring oversight and problems quickly addressing safety issues. Edison replaced its top nuclear official in 2010, part of a management shakeup that improved operations. Still, San Onofre

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  2. Bill Hawkins   January 5, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    San Onofre Unit 2 Steam Generators are not Safe at any Power and do not meet the NRC Licensed Conditions for Operation. SCE and NRC are just playing Cat and Mouse Games and wasting Ratepayers money, time and causing unneeded anxieties and worries. If SCE wants to produce safe, dependable and profitable power, they should return $1 Billion to Rate Payers and pay another 1 Billion Dollars to Westinghouse to remove the defective generators and build new replacement generators like Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station.

    The DAB Safety Team: January 4, 2013
    Media Contact: Don Leichtling (619) 296-9928 or Ace Hoffman (760) 720-7261
    SCE CANNOT PROVIDE AN OPERATIONAL TUBE-TO-TUBE WEAR (TTW) Unit 2 ASSESSMENT ACCEPTABLE TO THE NRR FOR OPERATION UP TO THE RTP
    NRC Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation asked in a letter dated December 26, 2012 to Edison the following questions during review of SONGS Unit 2 to Service Report: (1) Under SONGS Unit 2 Technical Specifications structural integrity performance criterion 5.5.2.11.b.1, the plant is required to ensure that generator tubes retain

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  3. Bill Hawkins   January 28, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Special Public Awareness Series

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  4. Bill Hawkins   January 31, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    San Onofre Special Public/NRC/SCE Awareness Series
    Courtesy of DAB Safety Team
    Press Release

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