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LATimes: Ex-NRC chief: San Onofre restart plan doesn’t instill confidence

By Abby Sewell
June 4, 2013, 4:05 p.m.

The former head of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Southern California Edison’s plan to restart the darkened San Onofre nuclear plant at reduced power for safety reasons is “not one that instills tremendous confidence in me.”

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LATimes: Letter shows Edison anticipated problems with San Onofre generators

San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant

By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
May 28, 2013, 10:52 p.m.

A letter from a Southern California Edison executive shows the company became concerned about the potential for serious design flaws in replacement steam generators at the San Onofre nuclear plant as early as 2004.

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LATimes: Edison hopes to start up San Onofre by June 1

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.

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LATimes: Edison may try to avoid public hearings before San Onofre restart

San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant

It has requested a meeting with the NRC for a possible license amendment, which could speed up the process. Critics want full hearings before a restart.

By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
March 23, 2013, 10:00 p.m.

The operator of the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant might request a license amendment before restarting the plant through an expedited process that would not require public hearings before a restart.

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LATimes: San Onofre design choices led to nuclear plant shutdown

L.A. NOW
Southern California — this just in
March 21, 2013 | 3:01 pm

An executive with the company that manufactured faulty equipment that led to the shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear plant defended decisions made in the design of the replacement steam generators.

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LATimes: One San Onofre unit could be restarted at full power, Edison says

By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
March 18, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

One of the two reactors at the darkened San Onofre nuclear plant could be restarted at full power and operate safely for almost a year, Southern California Edison officials said Monday.

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LATimes: Officials rejected some changes to crippled San Onofre generators

San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant

L.A. NOW
Southern California — this just in
March 8, 2013 | 3:52 pm

A report on the root causes of problems at the San Onofre nuclear plant shows that officials considered making design changes to the plant’s new steam generators before they were installed but rejected some fixes in part because they would require further regulatory approvals.

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OCRegister: Edison: San Onofre woes have cost $402 million

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By PAT BRENNAN / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Published: Feb. 26, 2013 Updated: Feb. 27, 2013 7:52 a.m.

The cost to inspect and repair faulty steam generators at the San Onofre nuclear plant reached $102 million by the end of 2012, while the cost to replace lost power hit $300 million, Edison International said Tuesday in a report on company costs.

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LATimes: NRC chief says San Onofre plant won’t reopen until it is safe

By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
January 15, 2013

The chief of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission made her first visit Monday to the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant, offering assurance that the facility will remain closed until its safety is certain but giving few hints about its ultimate fate.

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LATimes: San Onofre to remain closed indefinitely, NRC chief says

L.A. NOW
Southern California — this just in
April 6, 2012 | 5:57 pm

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko, who toured the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant Friday, assured reporters that the plant would not restart until officials understand the root cause of the cause of systems failures that forced the plant’s closure.

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