Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Ready, or not: San Onofre

First the good news (from a nuclear production perspective)

SONGS nuclear Unit 2 ready to run at full power, SCE says | POWER Engineering
The troubled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station’s Unit 2 is ready to be operated safely at 100 percent capacity, says plant operator Southern California Edison. The operator says the findings from a recent technical evaluation of the facility bolster its plan to begin operating the reactor at a more conservative 70 percent power for five months.
The plant, located near San Diego, has been offline since January 2012, after SCE found unusual wear on new tubes in the steam generating system.
And now the related news - which does not appear so good 

It's going to take a little longer to find out if the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant in California will be allowed to restart.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission planned to issue a decision as soon as late April on Southern California Edison's plan to bring the Unit 2 reactor back online.
The agency's website Tuesday indicates the decision will be delayed until May or June.

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