Dana Point Meeting Scheduled for Tuesday on San Onofre Nuclear Plant

Southern California Edison submitted a plan last week that outlines plans for the shuttered generators

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012  |  Updated 6:43 PM PDT
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Edison Seeks to Restart San Onofre Reactor

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The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station near San Clemente.

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A public meeting with representatives of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission regarding the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station is scheduled for Tuesday night in Dana Point.

UPDATE: San Onofre Offline Until 2013, NRC Says

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Monarch Beach Resort North. It also will be livestreamed here.

The San Onofre plant's power generators -- Unit 2 and Unit 3 -- were deactivated in January. Unit 2 was taken off-line for planned maintenance. Unit 3 was shut down after a leak was detected in one of its steam generator tubes.

Last week, Southern California Edison, which runs the Northern San Diego County plant and co-owns it with San Diego Gas & Electric and the city of Riverside, submitted a plan to the NRC that outlines how it will restart Unit 2. The generator would be restarted at 70 percent power for a trial period of five months.

More inspections would follow.

Read: SCE Proposal Sent to NRC

NRC officials have said the agency has "several months" of work ahead before a decision is reached on the plant's future.

The NRC's regional administrator, San Onofre Chief Nuclear Officer Pete Dietrich, Robert Oglesby and Ed Randolph of the California Public Utilities Commission, and nuclear energy activists are expected to attend the Dana Point meeting.

The panel discussion will be followed by a question-answer session.

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