San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant to Shut Down


San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, Units 2 and 3 (image courtesy of ©SoCal Edison)

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, Units 2 and 3 (image courtesy of ©SoCal Edison)

Southern California Edison announced plans today to shut down its San Onofre nuclear power plant. The power plant, which was closed last year over unusual wear on its steam generator tubes, has been the subject of a yearlong struggle between California Congressmen and nuclear power plant operators to determine responsibility for financial damages, according to Bloomberg News.

Bloomberg reported: “The decision to shut the reactor came after the [Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s] Atomic Safety and Licensing Board ordered a hearing on the company’s plan to restart the least-damaged reactor at 70 percent of full power. A regulatory decision may be a year away, Edison said in today’s statement.”

The company will instead invest in replacing San Onofre’s output with other plants and power lines.

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