May 16, 1989
Two firms involved with creating problem-plagued Rancho Seco have agreed to operate the nuclear power plant jointly with the municipal utility that owns it, officials said. Sacramento Municipal Utility District officials said they would support the proposed 5 1/2-year contract with Bechtel, the plant's architect and engineer, and Babcock & Wilcox, which built the reactor. The agreement, they said, would lead to greater plant efficiency and savings on customers' bills. But opponents maintain that the plant is unsafe and condemned the proposal as a political ploy.
June 9, 1988 |
Having invested $400 million in refurbishing the aging Rancho Seco nuclear power plant, metropolitan Sacramento voters narrowly rejected a proposal to abandon the plant and decided instead to see exactly what their money bought. By a margin of 50.4% to 49.6%, voters defeated Measure B, which would have closed the troubled but recently refurbished plant. Rather, it will continue to operate for an 18-month trial period, as outlined in rival Measure C, which was favored by 51.
June 8, 1988 |
Orange County slow-growth proponents conceded defeat Tuesday as their far-reaching measure was being rejected by voters opposed to the idea of linking future growth in unincorporated areas to the ability to provide additional public services to new developments. "There's no question we're going to lose," said a disappointed Tom Rogers, co-founder of the group that sponsored the initiative.
June 5, 1988 |
By most measures, Rancho Seco has been one of the nation's least reliable, most troubled nuclear power plants. Problems have closed it down for twice as much time as similar plants and it has delivered but 38% of the power it was designed to generate. However, trouble is not Rancho Seco's only distinction. Because the plant, 25 miles southeast of the state capital, is run by the quasi-governmental Sacramento Municipal Utility District, it can be shut down by a vote of its customers.
March 30, 1988
Operators of the long-idled Rancho Seco nuclear power plant were completing last-minute tests, and officials remained hopeful that the plant would be approved for restart late Tuesday night. Kerry Shearer, spokesman for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, owners of the plant, said operators have resolved the latest in a series of equipment malfunctions that delayed restart of the plant three times in the last week. The plant has been closed since a severe over-cooling accident Dec.
March 11, 1988 |
Sacramento Municipal Utility District directors have approved a June referendum asking voters to give the troubled Rancho Seco nuclear power plant a 18-month reprieve before deciding whether to abandon it. The referendum plan, ratified 4-1 by the directors Wednesday night, will be the second Rancho Seco-related measure on Sacramento's June 7 ballot. Last year, activists gathered 50,000 signatures to qualify an initiative requiring the erratic plant to close on economic grounds.