San Onofre to stay dark for now, new nuclear chief says (LA Times)


January 14, 2013 – The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission chief made her first visit Monday to the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant since taking office in July, offering assurance that the facility will remain closed until its safety is certain. The plant has been shut down for nearly a year because of unexpected deterioration of tubes in its four giant steam generators, replaced less than two years earlier. The NRC is reviewing a restart proposal that plant operator Southern California Edison submitted for one of the plant’s two reactor units, which entails running that unit at 70% capacity for five months in hopes that operating at reduced power would alleviate the conditions that caused the tubes to vibrate excessively.

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