San Onofre Restart Presentation Rescheduled

Southern California Edison is scheduled Nov. 30 to give a technical presentation to regulators for firing up one of the nuclear plant's shuttered reactors.

Updated Nov. 13 and again Nov. 20, 2012

Southern California Edison officials Nov. 30 are hoping to convince regulators they've figured out why and how crucial components at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station broke down, and that they've taken the right steps to safely restart the plant.

The public meeting Nov. 30 will be held from 6 and 9 p.m. at the Hills Hotel, 25205 La Paz Road in Laguna Hills. It will include a technical presentation detailing the restart plan, and opportunities for interaction from the public, according to an NRC release.

Edison was supposed to present its restart plan to the NRC publicly earlier in November at the Doubletree Hotel in Dana Point, but NRC officials postponed the meeting.

Both reactors at the plant have been shuttered since Jan. 31, and the plant announced plans to lay off some 730 workers, estimating it will pay out $30 million in severance pay to those who lost their jobs, according to statements in an earnings press conference. (Edison says the layoffs had been planned before the shutdown.)

Now, Edison wants to restart one of the units -- the less-damaged one -- at partial strength for a reduced operating period, asserting they've taken proper steps to run it safely.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials will have to decide if they agree, however.

The meeting will be webcast live at http://video.nrc.gov. Given the seating capacity of the meeting facility is limited to approximately 400 persons, participation via webcast is encouraged, according to a release from the commission. The video stream will begin about 5 p.m., but the audio stream will not start until the meeting begins.

Parking at the Hills Hotel is free.

LN Mark November 15, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Don't shout. Be civilized, even if this is Patch. Methane (the main component of nat gas) is a super greenhouse gas. A multiple of carbon. Nuke is the only clean alternative. Fix the corrosion problem caused by Mitsubishi, and it can be run safely.
MFriedrich November 15, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Look on the bright side. Without San Onofre and Nuclear power advocates, the Police Academy-Naked Gun movies would not have been as successful as they were. Frank Drebin: "Everywhere I look something always reminds me of her."
Adam Townsend November 20, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Hey all. Updated this article Nov. 20 with the new date for the public meeting, Nov. 30.
Dr Atom November 21, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Radioactive leaks due to rupture of prematurely degraded metal tubing have released an undisclosed amount of radioactivity from Unit 3 of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The same deterioration has been found in unit 2. Leaks like this can lead to massive radiation escape by draining cooling water from the reactor which rapidly causes collapse of containment. This endangers 8.4 million people living within 50 miles. It could close Camp Pendleton, threatening national security. The cause of the premature aging of the metal tubing is not understood. All previous seismic safety models must now called into question. San Onofre's Unit 1 reactor operated from 1968 to 1992 and was closed after 24 years. Units 2 and 3 have been operating for nearly 30 years, since 1982 and 1983, respectively. These aging reactors need to be shut down. NRC's once- or twice-a-year inspections are no longer sufficient to ensure their safety. Any attempts to repair these aged reactors endanger workers known as jumpers who absorb large doses of radiation, sometimes a year’s worth of permissible exposure, in a short-time. Medically, it is not known if this is actually a safe practice. Shut down these aging reactors permanently before the human cost for becomes too high as it did in Fukushima. Sign petitions to the NRC. http://www.change.org/petitions/nuclear-regulatory-commission-permanently-shut-down-aged-san-onofre-nuclear-reactors
LN Mark November 21, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Please ease off the fear mongering. Everyone always brings up Fukushima even though the type of earthquake and the specific failure mechanisms there could not be replicated here. Are there other possible failure mechanisms? Sure. Redundancy has a great knack for reducing the probability of failure to acceptable levels. And save the argument that the only acceptable level is zero. The risk is higher that you will trip and fall, hitting the corner of a solar panel and bleeding to death. SONGS can be repaired and operated safely. It's built. That's a sunk cost. The price to put it back on line safely is a fraction of the cost to replace the energy produced. And national security? Is somebody storming the beaches of Southern California that Pendleton is preparing to defend? And there is no other place for Marines to train? A bit of a stretch. But that's what you do...


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