No timetable for California Nuclear plant restart
May 9, 2012
Nuclear regulators said Monday there is no time line for restarting the San Onofre nuclear plant as regulators try to determine the cause of unusual wear on hundreds of tubes that carry radioactive water, according to a statement by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko. [SacramentoBee]
The twin reactor plant, which sets on the Southern California coastline, has been offline for more than three months. In January, investigators discovered the tubing had been eroding at an unexpected rate, and the plant was shut down.
Jaczko made his statement just days after executives at the plant informed investors of a possible June restart. Jaczko said in April that a clear understanding of the tubes excessive wear is needed before either reactor is restarted, which requires federal approval.
Cost related to the extended shutdown are slated to run over $100 million. In addition, state officials have warned that the shutdown could lead to rolling blackouts in Southern California. The plant powers approximately 1.4 million homes.