NRC: No risk in SONGS restart

A preliminary finding from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has found that Edison International’s (NYSE: EIX) proposal to restart reactor Unit 2 of the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant at reduced power doesn’t pose a significant safety risk.

The NRC’s preliminary ruling, issued Wednesday, found that restarting the reactor at 70 percent power by June 1 in order to meet summer electricity demand does not increase the odds of an accident occurring or create the possibility of a new accident unforeseen in the plant’s original operating license. The finding is a major step in Edison’s effort to restart San Onofre.

The plant has been offline since January 2012, when the discovery of a small radiation leak and unusual wear on radiation tubes led to a cascading series of problems for the facility.

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