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NRC To Hold Public Meeting On San Onofre Oct. 9

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced today it has scheduled an Oct. 9 public meeting in Dana Point to discuss issues with the troubled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Evening sets on the San Onofre atomic power plant December 6, 2004 in northern San Diego County, south of San Clemente, California.
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Above: Evening sets on the San Onofre atomic power plant December 6, 2004 in northern San Diego County, south of San Clemente, California.

The NRC said the meeting -- scheduled for 6 p.m. at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Hotel -- will include a roundtable discussion on the power plant's problems and a question-and-answer session with the public.

The NRC said roundtable participants will be chosen after consultation with various interest groups.

The nuclear power plant in northern San Diego County has been shut down since a leak in one of the reactors was discovered at the end of January. That led to the discovery that steam pressure tubes were wearing out faster than expected.

The other unit was already inoperative for scheduled maintenance.

Neither unit has been restarted. However, commission Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane recently told members of the U.S. Senate that the operator of the plant, Southern California Edison, had informed the agency a restart plan for one of the reactors would be submitted by the end of the first week of October.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Macfarlane said staff will review the plan in a process that "will be longer than days and weeks ... it will be on the order months.'' The newspaper said there were no current plans to restart the other unit.

In November, when the plant will have been out of service for nine months, state law will trigger an investigation in which the commission must consider lowering rates.

The investigation eventually could result in refunding money to customers so they would not pay the costs of a plant that is producing no power.

Anti-nuclear advocates have pressured authorities to keep the plant shut down, saying San Onofre's steam generators are among the worst in the industry.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., has suggested making regulatory changes that would require more extensive review of future projects, such as the costly steam generator equipment.

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Avatar for user 'NuclearGuru'

NuclearGuru | September 13, 2012 at 6:20 p.m. ― 2 years ago

SOW-DAB Team Humble Suggestions - NRC Public Meeting scheduled for San Onofre on Oct. 9

Here are some advanced questions for Reporters to ask NRC prior to the Public Meeting scheduled for San Onofre on Oct. 9

1. Has the MHI Root Cause Evaluation been completed and available for Public Viewing on the NRC Website?

2. When will the SCE Restart Plan and supporting documents be available for Public Viewing on the NRC Website?

3. Will the NRC Chairwoman, other Commissioners and/or Senator Barbara Boxer be available at the Public Meeting to assure public of a thorough, unbiased and complete investigation by NRC?

4. Besides SCE, will MHI Representatives be available to answer questions by the Public Groups?

5. Which interest groups will be consulted to have representation on the Table? How many Representatives? Who will decide?
Friends of the Earth
Fairewinds Energy Education
San Clemente Green
The Committee to Bridge the Gap
General Public

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Avatar for user 'BilllHawkins'

BilllHawkins | September 30, 2012 at 9:34 p.m. ― 1 year, 11 months ago

San Onofre Unit 3 SG Eight Tube Failures – The Citizen's Concern from 2000 on dangers from tube ruptures came true in 2012 with factual plant data and extensive analysis presented by Fairewinds Associates and Professor Dan Hirsch. NRC Analysis to date does not agree with Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulations and research papers published by MIT and European Research Scholars. NRC AIT Report has downplayed the potential dangers, which could have resulted from of San Onofre Eight Tube Failures.

Southern Californians were very lucky this time because a potentially serious nuclear accident in progress was stopped by the swift and intelligent actions of SONGS Shift Manager Mr. Flynn and his Operating Crews. Eight steam generator tubes (wear range 72-100%, length of wear 23-34 inches) in the newly replaced San Onofre Unit 3 Replacement Steam Generator (RSG) E-088 failed their pressure testing. The rupture of as few as eight steam generator tubes could have resulted in the meltdown of the Unit 3 reactor fuel rods, potentially releasing catastrophic amounts of radiation into San Onofre Neighboring Communities creating Major Nuclear Accident Like Chernobyl and Fukushima, killing thousands of people and destroying the economy of Southern California. Think with your life about NRC and SCE letting Restarting Unit 2 without a Full NRC License Amendment and full public participation/approval? Who is the Boss - The Citizens, NRC or SCE?

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