Ailing San Onofre nuke plant eyes summer restart

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San Onofre nuclear power plant (AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The operator of the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant in California is considering a new pathway to get one of the shuttered reactors back in service by summer.

Southern California Edison says it might seek a rewrite of the plant’s operating rules that, if approved, would allow the Unit 2 reactor to run at reduced power.

Edison said in a statement Friday that if it seeks that change, it will also argue that running the reactor at 70 percent power would pose no significant safety risk.

The company needs the approval of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to restart the plant.

San Onofre has been shut down since January 2012, after a small radiation leak led to the discovery of unusual damage to hundreds of tubes that carry radioactive water.

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