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So Cal Edison To Lay Off 730 San Onofre Employees

Southern California Edison announced it will lay off 730 San Onofre employees at the beginning of October.

A couple stands near the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station at San Onofre State Beach on March 15, 2012 south of San Clemente, California.
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Above: A couple stands near the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station at San Onofre State Beach on March 15, 2012 south of San Clemente, California.

The company, which manages and jointly owns the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, made the announcement in a press release posted on its website.

"Southern California Edison (SCE) and the management of its San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) are committed to top performance and providing safe, efficient and affordable energy to nearly 4.9 million customer accounts," the release said. "As a result of exhaustive benchmarking and analysis of industry best practices, SCE has concluded that SONGS’ staffing and costs are significantly higher than other similar dual unit, non-fleet nuclear power plants."

The move will downsize the San Onofre’s organization to 1,500, the company said.

"This effort was initiated more than two years ago as part of the larger SONGS Excellence plan to align SCE’s processes and staffing levels with the top performing nuclear operating plants in the industry and its benchmarked best practices," according to the company.

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Avatar for user 'astrofan'

astrofan | August 21, 2012 at 9:10 a.m. ― 2 years, 4 months ago

Are we sure this isn't because they don't expect to have it up and running for a long time?

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johngeesman | August 21, 2012 at 11:15 a.m. ― 2 years, 4 months ago

How much more of the "SONGS Excellence" plan can we take? Defective steam generators, repeated NRC citations for poor safety culture, and now the admission that Edison has known for two years that the SONGS operating costs are "significantly higher" than at similar nuclear plants. How much more of this "excellence" does the CPUC expect us to pay for?

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amtrk | August 21, 2012 at 1:51 p.m. ― 2 years, 4 months ago

it would bee wonderful to save them hard working edison employee's a job. it 's too bad san onofre could'nt go green to generate electricity wi giant solar high tect global exspert's al nuke's should draw sun power with super high tech solar drawing device amed at the sun to electrify global city's put them lay off people in too trainning them high tect green solar energy and transform san onofre into the new super energy solar green power industry

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