Los Angeles became the latest -- and largest -- city to weigh in on the fate of the San Onofre nuclear plant Tuesday, with the City Council unanimously passing a resolution calling on federal regulators to hold off on deciding whether the plant can restart.
The plant has been out of service for more than a year because of unusual wear on steam generator tubes that carry radioactive water. One tube leaked a small amount of radioactive steam last January, prompting the plant's shutdown.
After the shutdown, San Onofre's operator, Southern California Edison, discovered hundreds of tubes that either showed damage or excessive wear.
The company has proposed to restart one of the plant's two units at 70% power in time for the summer, when energy demand peaks in California. It argues that the reduced power will alleviate conditions that led to the wear.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is still weighing the proposal.
But the Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution 11 to 0 calling on the NRC to wait on a decision until it has "fully reviewed public safety through a prudent, transparent, and precautionary process, has allowed independent experts and the public ample opportunity to comment, and has confirmed that Southern California Edison has completed any resulting mandated repairs, replacements, or other actions necessary to guarantee both short and long-term safe operation of San Onofre."