By Abby Sewell
April 8, 2013, 12:59 p.m.

Southern California Edison has submitted a formal request to federal regulators for a license amendment that would allow the San Onofre nuclear plant to be fired back up for the first time in more than a year.

The request submitted by Edison asks the NRC to make a decision on the proposed license amendment by May 24. The utility is proposing to run the plant at 70% of its current licensed power.

The formal request was similar to a draft request submitted last month, except that the company also committed to submitting a report to the NRC on the steam generators 60 days after every time it shuts down for inspections, instead of the usual 180 days.

NRC staff at last week’s meeting did not commit to meeting Edison’s target date, saying it might be a challenge to do so.

Even if the agency grants a license amendment, it would have to decide separately whether to allow the plant to be fired up again.

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