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Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Hold Public Meeting Regarding the Restart of San Onofre

It has been almost a year since San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station was shut down on January 31, 2012 due to a leak in Reactor 3.  A subsequent investigation of the plant revealed substantial degradation in the plant’s steam tubes — components that are critical for the plant’s safe operation.  Any leak in the steam tubes can result in a radioactive release into the atmosphere.  San Onofre has been shut down ever since, but recently Southern California Edison (the majority owner of San Onofre) and San Onofre officials have been working to persuade NRC regulators that the less-damaged Reactor 2 could be safely operated at 70% capacity.

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whether you are for or against the restart of San Onofre, mark February 12, 2013 on your calendars for a scheduled public meeting to discuss the San Onofre restart.

The NRC sponsored public meeting (one in a series of meetings) is scheduled for February 12 from 6 to 9 PM at Capo Beach Church, 25975 Domingo Ave. in Capistrano Beach.  Protestors are planning to show up at the meeting and demonstrate against the San Onofre restart.

According to this article posted on the web site of public radio station KPCC:

As part of the meeting next month, the NRC staff is expected to talk about the status of its inspection and technical evaluation of SCE’s response (link to SCE response) to the NRC Confirmatory Action Letter of March 27, concerning  actions required to be taken by the company to address steam generator tube degradation at the San Onofre nuclear plant.

you can’t attend in person (or are scared to brave the crowds), you can watch a live webcast or dial in to an audio bridge of the meeting.  The NRC staff has also provided a dedicated email address for questions and comments as well.

  • Live webcast:
  • Audio bridge: 1 (888) 790-2038, passcode 47018
  • E-mail:

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