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July 18, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- Southern California Edison Co. has started legal action against the manufacturer of steam generators whose failure forced the permanent closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant on the northern San Diego County coast. The Rosemead-based electric utility, as expected, filed a formal Notice of Dispute early Thursday on Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan and its United States subsidiary Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems. Q&A:  Why is it closing and what will it cost?
July 13, 2013 | By Abby Sewell and Ken Bensinger
In March 2004, an attorney for Southern California Edison sat before state utility regulators to propose what seemed like a great deal. The San Onofre nuclear plant was approaching the end of its life span. But Edison wanted to invest $680 million in new steam generators, attorney Carol Schmid-Frazee told a judge presiding over a hearing at the California Public Utilities Commission's San Francisco headquarters. The new equipment, she said, would give the 2,200-megawatt plant a new lease on life, providing cheap, reliable energy in Southern California for decades to come while also saving ratepayers nearly $2 billion.
July 10, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
The energy landscape of Southern California will look vastly different without San Onofre, officials said in a state Senate committee hearing Wednesday, the first in a series of public discussions on life without the nuclear plant. The 2,200-megawatt behemoth in northern San Diego County brought a steady supply of power to about 1.4 million homes until equipment problems forced it to close in early 2012. But the plant's owner, Southern California Edison, announced last month that it would be permanently retired.
June 27, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Southern California Edison issued layoff notices to 600 employees this week, following news this month that the San Onofre nuclear plant in San Clemente would be permanently retired. The coastal plant that once supplied power to 1.4 million homes in Southern California was closed in January 2012 when a tube in its newly replaced steam generators leaked a small amount of radioactive steam, leading to the discovery that the tubes were wearing down at an unusual rate. The shutdown will mean the utility company will reduce its staff at the plant from about 1,500 to 400. Quiz: How much do you know about California's economy?
June 25, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
The ratepayer advocacy arm of the California Public Utilities Commission called on the commission Tuesday to speed up its review of the costs of the outage at the San Onofre nuclear plant and to immediately cut hundreds of millions of dollars from rates. San Onofre was taken offline in January 2012 after a tube in one of the plant's newly replaced steam generators leaked a small amount of radioactive steam. On June 7, after 16 months of uncertainty about the plant's fate, majority owner Southern California Edison announced that it would be shut for good . The utilities commission opened an investigation into the costs of the outage in October, as required by state law after a plant has been out of service for nine months.
June 23, 2013 | By Abby Sewell and Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
The picturesque beach city of San Clemente has hummed along for decades just up the highway from the ominous concrete domes of the San Onofre nuclear plant. To residents, there were always reminders of their neighbor's presence - the quarterly emergency siren tests and the potassium iodide tablets that local agencies kept on hand to distribute to residents in the 10-mile emergency planning zone around the plant. But for the most part, the 63,000 residents of this city on the southern edge of Orange County - known for its proximity to legendary surf spots and the rolling coastal hills of Camp Pendleton Marine base - went about their daily lives for years with little thought of the nuclear generating station four miles down Interstate 5. The tide began to shift in 2011, however, when a tsunami inundated Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, leading to equipment failures and meltdowns at three reactors and raising new concerns about the safety of Southern California's own coastal nuclear plant.
June 16, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The decision to decommission the San Onofre nuclear power plant doesn't end its saga, which instead promises to drag on for decades. There are long-term uncertainties about where to find replacement power for Southern California Edison customers and how long to allow the plant to take up beach space in Camp Pendleton before demolishing it. Before that, though, the state's Public Utilities Commission will have to decide who should pay for the fiasco that...
June 11, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 72-year-old grandmother who fired her .357 magnum revolver at a man allegedly trying to break into her Orange County home said Tuesday that she was trying to defend herself and her 85-year-old husband. Jan Cooper said at a news conference that she fired one shot from her high-powered handgun, according to a report in KTLA-TV Channel 5 .  Cooper and husband, a disabled World War II veteran, were alone at the home Sunday when she loaded her gun and dialed 911 as the man allegedly tried to force his way in. On the 911 tape, Cooper can be heard telling the man to leave.
June 11, 2013 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
The permanent closure of the San Onofre nuclear plant leaves significant unanswered questions about the future of the energy supply in Southern California, the head of the state's Public Utilities Commission acknowledged Tuesday. "How much we pay for power, how much we need, what kind of summers we have for the next couple of years, these are all matters of some uncertainty," commission Chairman Michael Peevey said in a meeting with The Times. Southern California Edison, the majority owner of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, decided last week to retire the troubled plant, citing mounting costs and uncertainty about when and if federal regulators would clear the way for the plant to restart.
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