Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials will meet with Southern California Edison representatives in Laguna Hills on Friday night to discuss the utility's proposal for the limited restarting of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station near San Clemente.
NRC and Edison officials will discuss the plans to remedy undue wear on Unit 3 steam generator tubes installed in 2010 and 2011.( Wed Mar 28 15:26:17 PDT 2012 $__output )
The plant, which is operated by Southern California Edison, has been shut for almost all of this year due to problems with steam tubes and other parts.
Edison wants to restart Unit 2 and run it at 70 percent of capacity for five months to collect data, Edison spokeswoman Jennifer Manfre said.( Mon Mar 12 06:50:48 PDT 2012 $__output )
“It ran for 21 months at 100 percent and there was only one instance of tube-to-tube wear,” Manfre said. “The damage was much more significant in Unit 3.”
The meeting in Laguna Hills, which is open to the public, will include the discussion of technical issues leading to the failure of the steam generator tubes and how solve the problem, NRC spokeswoman Lara Uselding said.( Fri Feb 17 18:20:17 PST 2012 $__output )
Manfre said the next major step would be on-site inspections by NRC officials, she added. It's unclear how long it will take to reopen the power plant, she said.
“It's up to the NRC,” Manfre said.
The California Public Utilities Commission is looking at whether ratepayers should get refunds for the period the plant has not been producing electricity.
The meeting is set for 6 p.m. at the Hills Hotel, 25205 La Paz Road, Laguna Hills.