Friday, June 15, 2012

What's next for the San Onofre nuclear power plant?

San Onofre's two nuclear-power units have been down for months and will stay that way for months more. Late last week, Southern California Edison officials acknowledged that after early hopes that the reactors would be running safely in time for the summer energy load, it isn't going to happen. They'll have a plan by midsummer for reopening Unit 2, but then the plan will have to go through the lengthy regulatory process. And no one seems even remotely confident of when Unit 3 might return, and if it does, at what level of power? (Unit 1 was closed years ago.)

...Meanwhile, the license for the plant expires in 2022. Edison officials said they haven't decided whether to apply for a 20-year extension; that decision would need to be made by 2017 to go through the application process.

The company says it will go after Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, maker of the steam generators, for the price of repair. But it's unclear whether the utility would collect, and also who would be responsible for paying for the more expensive replacement energy. Ratepayers?

What do you think about the prospect of San Onofre closing -- or remaining open for 30 more years? And who should pay?


85% are saying keep it shut down permanently! right on!

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