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January 28, 2009 | Susannah Rosenblatt
The first of four new steam generators needed to keep the San Onofre nuclear power plant in operation is making its way -- slowly and carefully -- to the facility in northern San Diego County by ship, barge and a tractor-trailer-like vehicle with 256 wheels. The 650-ton pieces of equipment are intended to extend the life span of the power plant, which has come under scrutiny from regulators in the last year because of safety lapses.
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March 27, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Electricity customers in Southern California would receive $1.4 billion in refunds on their bills over the next eight years as part of an agreement between two utilities and ratepayer organizations over the closing of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The proposed settlement, announced Thursday, still needs approval from the California Public Utilities Commission. Both ratepayer advocates and executives at Southern California Edison Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. said they were satisfied with the deal.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1991 | JOHN PENNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Southern California Edison executives Friday outlined plans to implement a series of state recommendations to mitigate the killing of tons of fish and kelp at the firm's San Onofre nuclear power plant.
BUSINESS
November 24, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Southern California electricity ratepayers soon could get the first of possibly many refunds, stemming from the shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. Two state Public Utilities Commission administrative law judges last week issued a proposed decision, ordering Southern California Edison Co. to refund $74.2 million on its customers' 2012 bills and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. to refund $19.3 million. The reason: Edison closed the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in January and not all its reported spending was reasonable or necessary, the judges wrote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1987
A reactor at San Onofre nuclear power plant shut down automatically when computers detected a problem in the power supply to the unit's cooling system. A spokeswoman for Southern California Edison said Sunday that no radiation was released during the shutdown and the unit is expected to be back in operation early this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1989
The 50 "community alert" sirens in the 10 miles around the San Onofre nuclear power plant will be tested between 10 a.m. and noon Wednesday, Southern California Edison officials said Monday. The sirens--situated in San Onofre State Park, Camp Pendleton, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and Dana Point--will be sounded twice, for two to five minutes, utility officials said. Federal regulations require the sirens to warn of a nuclear emergency.
NEWS
December 29, 1985
A malfunctioning bearing in a water coolant pump will keep the San Onofre nuclear power plant off line until mid-January, authorities said. David Barron, spokesman for Southern California Edison, said it will take about two weeks to replace the bearing. Unit 3 at the San Diego County plant was shut down Sept. 14 for routine refueling and maintenance.
NEWS
July 29, 1988
The San Onofre nuclear power plant near San Clemente purchased 16 circuit breakers manufactured by one of six California companies under investigation for allegedly labeling used breakers as new, a Southern California Edison Co. spokesman said.
NEWS
June 11, 2012 | By Karin Klein
San Onofre's two nuclear-power units have been down for months and will stay that way for months more. Late last week, Southern California Edison officials acknowledged that after early hopes that the reactors would be running safely in time for the summer energy load, it isn't going to happen. They'll have a plan by midsummer for reopening Unit 2, but then the plan will have to go through the lengthy regulatory process. And no one seems even remotely confident of when Unit 3 might return, and if it does, at what level of power?
OPINION
April 13, 2012 | By David Ropeik
California's initiative process can be both a wonderfully democratic and perilously dumb way to make law. On no issue could that be more true than the proposed initiative to shut down nuclear power in the state. The initiative would shut down the Diablo Canyon and San Onofre nuclear plants until the federal government approves a permanent disposal site for nuclear waste. The issue is scientifically, environmentally and economically complex, and tangled with powerful emotions. Between the facts and those feelings, guess which will have more influence on the choice people make?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2012 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, citing serious concerns about equipment failures at the San Onofre nuclear power plant, has prohibited Southern California Edison from restarting the plant until the problems are thoroughly understood and fixed. The plant has been shut down for two months, the longest in San Onofre's history, after a tube leak in one of the plant's steam generators released a small amount of radioactive steam. Since then, unusual wear has been found on hundreds of tubes that carry radioactive water.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2012 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
The San Onofre nuclear power plant came under renewed scrutiny last week after a small radiation leak and the discovery of extensive tube damage. The leak and the tube wear "at no point posed a danger to the community or to workers on site," said Jennifer Manfre, spokeswoman with Southern California Edison, which operates the facility. But the incidents raised concern among environmental groups, which for years have kept a close eye on the plant near San Clemente following other safety problems.
TRAVEL
July 5, 2009 | Christopher Reynolds
Summer's here and the time is right for . . . 352 fact-packed pages from the California Coastal Commission. The commission has published a weighty paperback covering San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles counties, and it will answer all your questions about fat innkeeper worms, the romantic impulses of Richard Henry Dana Jr., and why you can run faster than you swim. The volume, "Beaches and Parks in Southern California" (University of California Press, $24.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2009 | Susannah Rosenblatt
The first of four new steam generators needed to keep the San Onofre nuclear power plant in operation is making its way -- slowly and carefully -- to the facility in northern San Diego County by ship, barge and a tractor-trailer-like vehicle with 256 wheels. The 650-ton pieces of equipment are intended to extend the life span of the power plant, which has come under scrutiny from regulators in the last year because of safety lapses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2008 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
Federal officials Monday disclosed a variety of lapses at the San Onofre nuclear power plant near San Clemente, including a worker who falsified records for more than five years to show that operators made hourly fire patrols when they had not. As a result, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission ordered Southern California Edison to develop a training program for employees, including ethics courses for managers and contractors as well as classes for plant staff to prevent deliberate misconduct.
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