Letters show rift over San Onofre nuclear repairs

Letters show rift over San Onofre nuclear repairs


In a flurry of letters late last year, Southern California Edison and the manufacturer that designed the steam generators at the now-dark San Onofre nuclear power plant appeared to be at odds over a long-term plan to repair the troubled facility.

San-Onofre-1In the exchange, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries proposed a repair plan that it said could have the plant back online at full power in about a year and also suggested a far more aggressive and expensive repair job that would take more than five years to complete.

By the end of 2012, however, the companies were unable to come to an agreement on a long-range plan.

At the same time, Edison warned Mitsubishi that the ongoing problems at the nuclear plant had “seriously harmed” the utility and its stakeholders and that it expected the manufacturer to “accept full responsibility” for the problem.

The plant had been offline at that point…

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