SCE says safety top concern at San Onofre

Southern California Edison, working with a team of experts and based on its ongoing review of the extensive data collected from the steam generator tube inspection and testing that commenced at the end of January, is developing a response to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Mar. 27 Confirmatory Action Letter (CAL).

At all times during both the steam generator replacement process and the ongoing outages in Unit 2 and 3, SCE has provided open and transparent information to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The health and safety of the public and employees is the number one priority for San Onofre. As has been stated since the beginning, SCE will not restart the plant until it and the NRC are satisfied it is safe to do so.

Both SONGS units of the plant are currently safely shut down for inspections, analysis and tests. Unit 2 was taken out of service Jan. 9 for a planned outage. Unit 3 was safely taken off line Jan. 31 after station operators detected a leak in a steam generator tube.

Nineteen percent of the power SCE customers use comes from nuclear generation. SCE is also working with the California Independent System Operator and San Diego Gas & Electric on power supply contingency plans for this summer should the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station not be fully operational by then.