Activists pleased with judges’ ruling on San Onofre hearing

Activists pleased with judges’ ruling on San Onofre hearing

SAN ONOFRE, Calif. — An anti-nuclear group fighting plans to restart the idled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station deserves a hearing over a license amendment for the northern San Diego County plant’s operator and majority owner, Southern California Edison, the Atomic Safety Licensing Board ruled Monday.

The ASLB, a panel of three independent judges for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, suspended NRC board proceedings on San Onofre for now.

Rosemead-based SCE had hoped to restart one of San Onofre’s two reactors at 70 percent by June 1. That reactor was undergoing maintenance in January 2012 when a small, non-injury leak was discovered in the other unit.

An investigation subsequently found that sonic vibrations caused premature wearing of steam generator tubes in the reactors. Edison contends that the vibrations would not occur at the lowered power level.

The utility issued a statement Monday afternoon saying that SCE would have no comment until…

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