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June 8, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times
Southern California Edison built San Onofre's two nuclear reactors in about nine years, but tearing them down will be a technically complex, multibillion-dollar job completed over decades. It is likely that Edison first will mothball the plant, which under federal rules could keep its imposing imprint on the Orange-San Diego County coastline for another half-century. When the plant does come down, it will be a massive job. Tons of highly radioactive fuel now stored in pools will have to cool before the rods can be moved to concrete pads outdoors.
October 17, 2012 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
The California Public Utilities Commission is poised to open an investigation into the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant, a process that could result in ratepayers getting reduced utility bills in the future. Some Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric ratepayers have complained that it's unfair for them to be paying to operate a plant that is not functioning. Commissioners will vote next Thursday on a proposal to open an investigation into the unexpected outage at the plant, which by then will have stretched on for nearly nine months.
July 21, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
More than four months after it was crippled by an earthquake-generated tsunami, Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has stabilized and workers are on track to achieve a "cold shutdown" within six months, government and utility officials say. Officials made a positive prognosis this week after scaling several hurdles in decommissioning the facility, which was damaged March 11 when the tsunami disabled the plant's cooling system. The flooding led to partial meltdowns of the reactors, which released radioactivity into the atmosphere and prompted the evacuation of tens of thousands of nearby residents.
November 2, 2012 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
The cost of the long-running outage at the San Onofre nuclear plant now tops $300 million, but it remains unclear who will ultimately foot the bill. Edison International, the parent company of plant operator and majority owner Southern California Edison, reported its third quarter earnings Thursday, including new details on the costs of the plant's troubles. The company reported that inspection and repair costs relating to the outage totaled $96 million as of Sept. 30, and the costs of replacing the plant's power had risen to $221 million.
March 26, 2011 | By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times
Japan's government urges residents within 18 miles of the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant to leave their homes, as new information suggests that the core of reactor No. 3 may have been breached. Japan's government Friday urged residents within 18 miles of the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant to leave their homes, as new information suggested that the core of reactor No. 3 may have been breached. Although people living within 12 miles of the plant were evacuated early in the crisis, those between 12 and 18 miles had been told it was safe to remain as long as they stayed indoors.
August 27, 2011 | By Tom Hamburger and Melanie Mason, Washington Bureau
The earthquake that rattled much of the East Coast last week is sparking angry calls from elected officials seeking an immediate reevaluation of seismic risks at two dozen or so commercial nuclear plants around the country, including two in California. The frustration is directed at members of the federal agency charged with regulating commercial nuclear plants, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. "I question their dedication to safety," Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, said in an interview.
March 31, 2011 | By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
The operators of the San Onofre nuclear power plant are proposing a multimillion-dollar study that would use new technology to better assess seismic conditions near the northern San Diego County complex. The announcement by Southern California Edison followed calls in the wake of the Japanese nuclear crisis by state and federal officials for comprehensive reviews of the state's two commercial nuclear power plants, which are both located along the coast. Also Wednesday, lawyers for a former manager at San Onofre announced they had filed a lawsuit against the company, saying the man was fired after he raised other employees' safety concerns with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
August 25, 1985
Workers quickly doused a fire started by oil leaking onto hot pipes at the St. Lucie nuclear plant at Fort Pierce, Fla., and there was no damage to the plant or risk to the public, Florida Power & Light Co. spokesmen said. Two workers were slightly injured. The incident occurred as a reactor was being returned to service after shutdown for repairs. The source of the oil leak has not been determined.
December 11, 1986 | Associated Press
One of eight workers scalded when a pipe burst at a nuclear power plant died Wednesday, and five others remained in critical condition, officials said. Virginia Power and Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials spent the day examining the scene of Tuesday's accident at the Unit 2 reactor of the utility's Surry plant.
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