LOS ANGELES (AP) – Environmentalists say federal regulators are conducting a bogus review of the proposal to restart the damaged San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California.
Friends of the Earth and other groups Tuesday accused the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of railroading the proposal around serious safety concerns. Southern California Edison has asked the NRC for permission to repair and start the Unit 2 reactor, then run it at reduced power.
San Onofre’s twin reactors have been shuttered since January, after a tube break released traces of radiation. Investigators later found unprecedented damage to tubing in steam generators that was caused by vibration and friction.
Agency officials are promising a thorough review. The NRC has scheduled a public meeting in Orange County Tuesday to discuss the proposal.