Monday, August 20, 2012
Southern California Edison announced it will lay off 730 San Onofre employees at the beginning of October.
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.