All posts tagged: Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Update from Martha Sullivan on San Onofre (Feb 14)

The following, written February 14, 2013, has been reposted with Martha’s permission: A week ago, our Coalition to Decommission San Onofre (a formal Party in the CA PUC’s Investigation into the San Onofre outage), along with 2 other parties (Ruth Henricks represented by Mike Aguirre, and Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility) protested informal filings at the CPUC by Edison and SDG&E having to do with capital projects being undertaken at San Onofre exceeding $10 million. Our Coalition, joined by Ms. Henricks, particularly objected to Edison & SDG&E spending money to “get Unit 2 ready to restart” in advance of requisite government approvals (specifically, the NRC) — a reason given in these advice letters for some of these capital expenditures.   You can read our full Protest here (PDF). Wednesday afternoon, I received notice from the CPUC that these filings by Edison and SDG&E have been “suspended for a period of up to 120 days beginning February 14, 2013 to allow Energy Division to review” them. This is rather significant, given that Edison argued forcefully that these …

Chairman Boxer and Rep. Markey Call on NRC to Investigate New Safety Concerns at Southern California Nuclear Plant

Washington, DC – Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), and Representative Ed Markey (D-MA), Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, sent a letter today to Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman, Dr. Allison M. Macfarlane, urging the NRC to immediately investigate new information that indicates Southern California Edison (SCE) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) were aware of problems with the design of the San Onofre nuclear power plant’s replacement steam generators before they were installed. The new information also raises concerns that SCE and MHI rejected enhanced safety modifications and avoided triggering a more rigorous license amendment and safety review process. The full text of the letter is below: