Edison eyes June 1 SONGS restart, but NRC doubtful

At a meeting in Maryland this week, executives from Southern California Edison, a unit of Edison International (NYSE: EIX), proposed restarting reactor 2 at the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant as early as June 1 but officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission expressed doubt that the date could be met, The Washington Post reports.

In recent months, Edison has developed the plan it presented to the NRC, under which it would restart San Onofre reactor unit 2 and run it at reduced power—up to about 70 percent—through the summer. The company is in the midst of preparing a proposal for regulators to amend their license to allow the plant to run at this lower power level.

According to The Washington Post, NRC staff in this week’s meeting told Edison executives the June 1 date “might be out of reach, given the complexity of a proposal that comes with reams of technical paperwork.” Edison engineers believe the plant could safely run at reduced power, avoiding the risk of causing the unusual damage in tubes that carry radioactive water, which led to the plant’s long-term shutdown.

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