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Edison Wants San Onofre Documents From State Investigation Kept Secret

Southern California Edison wants most of its testimony kept secret in a state investigation into what went wrong with the San Onofre nuclear plant.

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.

Aired 1/16/13 on KPBS News.

Southern California Edison wants most of its testimony kept secret in a state investigation into what went wrong with the San Onofre nuclear plant.

In calling for the secret testimony, Edison and SDG&E said they may be required to submit confidential and proprietary information for the state investigation. And some of that information, they said in filings with regulators, might make public competitive details or may violate contracts they have with third parties like Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi manufactured the faulty steam generators at the center of the state's inquiry.

John Geesman, an attorney for the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility, has objected to Edison's request. He said if the California Public Utilities Commission agrees with Edison, public interest groups as parties to the state's investigation will get to see the companies' testimony only if they sign a nondisclosure agreement.

"But we would not be allowed to speak to the press or anyone else who had not signed such a nondisclosure agreement and you as a representative of the media would not have any access to the information," Geesman said.

Though it's been shut down since last January, customers spent more than $1 billion for San Onofre in the past year. Part of the state's inquiry will the settle the question of whether ratepayers should continue covering that bill. State regulators did not respond to requests for comment.

Comments

Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | January 16, 2013 at 9:32 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

LOL Typical of Big Business monopolies.

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bcspiders | January 16, 2013 at 10:58 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Public utility, danger to the public, seems like public hearing testimony should be available to the public. Too bad, so sad for Mitsubishi if they make faulty equipment the failure of which threatens the safety of the public. They should be brought to task as well. If the people are to make informed decisions about this stuff the people need to be, uh, informed. Enough of this nonsense.

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AuntieNuke | January 16, 2013 at 4:59 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

If SCE has nothing to hide, why are they hiding? And if they have something to hide, they cannot be allowed to get away with it. This is not some go-cart we're talking about here; it's a LEAKING NUCLEAR REACTOR, with the potential to release enough radiation to destroy the entire California economy - real estate, Port of Los Angeles, agriculture in the Central Valley - to say nothing of the cost in human health and life.

Money talks, so let's get some of those real estate groups alerted to the potential catastrophe they face if this is allowed to stand. There's nothing a person who owns a million dollar piece of real estate facing the ocean wants to deal with than the loss of all value of that real estate because of nuclear radiation.

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