DECEMBER 1, 2012 · 3:48 PM
I live less than 5 miles from San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) here on the coast in Orange County. The plant has been shut down since January when workers discovered a small radioactive leak. Southern California Edison, which owns 78% of San Onofre, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission assured us it was a tiny leak that was perfectly harmless. Nothing to see here. Move along.
Now, Edison feels that it can restart (at reduced power) one of the two reactors that did not leak back in January. And so they presented their case before the NRC at an overflow crowd public meeting yesterday in Laguna Hills. Although there was extensive questioning, the regulators have not indicated how they expect to rule. If this is a typical case, the regulators will side with industry and Edison will get its way and re-start reactor 2.
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