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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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BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
June 22, 1987
A reactor at the 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 Co., operator of the plant, said that no radiation was released during the shutdown and the unit is expected to be back in operation early this week.
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
February 22, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Operators of the San Onofre nuclear power plant are delaying plans to truck a decommissioned 900-ton reactor along a beach and onto a barge bound for South Carolina. Southern California Edison, the major owner of the power plant, will delay the move until November at the earliest to avoid the breeding season of federally protected species of birds, a company spokesman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2001 | From Times Staff Writers
The community alert system, designed to notify residents in case of an emergency at the San Onofre nuclear power plant, will be tested Wednesday, officials said. The 49 sirens in a 10-mile-radius evacuation zone around the plant will be sounded twice for three to five minutes between 10 a.m. and noon. The sirens, required by federal law, are tested annually.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1985
A 41-year-old Vista man died Wednesday in a Mission Viejo hospital of head injuries he suffered Monday while working at the San Onofre nuclear power plant, a spokesman for the plant said. Meredith B. Seace, an electrician, suffered the injuries while using a wire-brush burnishing machine to clean metal brackets in a workshop, said David Barron, a spokesman for Southern California Edison. Apparently a bracket broke loose and struck the man in the temple.
NEWS
February 14, 1985
Six workers received minor doses of radiation from an X-ray machine that shorted out at the San Onofre nuclear power plant. A Southern California Edison Co. spokesman said the accident had nothing to do with the plant's nuclear facility. The machine, used routinely to X-ray pipe welds, shorted out and a highly radioactive probe could not be retracted. Workers had to shield and remove the probe manually, exposing them to radiation of up to 100 millirems, the spokesman said.
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.
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.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Edison International's Southern California Edison unit got state permission to build a $22-million, 150-acre kelp forest off San Clemente, near its nuclear power plant. The forest would be part of a reef that helps fulfill an environmental commitment made by Edison, California's second-largest utility, when it got approval to build the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, the Rosemead company said. The kelp forest was approved after a 15-year study showing that the power station might be discharging cloudy water that reduces sunlight for a nearby kelp bed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2008 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
Seven workers at the San Onofre nuclear power plant near San Clemente have been disciplined or fired in connection with a rash of safety and security problems uncovered by federal regulators last year, Southern California Edison officials said Tuesday. "Where the acts were deliberate misconduct, employees were discharged and contract workers were no longer permitted on the property," said Gil Alexander, an Edison spokesman.
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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