Southern California Edison (SCE) voluntarily submitted a draft license amendment request to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that is designed to support restarting Unit 2 at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in California.
The draft would support SCEâs plan to operate Unit 2 at 70 percent power for five months, which would prevent the conditions that caused the premature tube wear found in units 2 and 3 back in January 2012 when the plant was shut down. After five months, the reactor would be shut down and inspected. Based on the inspection results, Unit 2 could restart again at 70 percent power for an appropriate operating period during the remainder of the 18-24 month fuel cycle while SCE updates analysis to determine the appropriate long-term power level.
SCE and three independent companies have confirmed it is safe to run the unit at reduced power. Unit 3 remains shut down and there are no plans to restart it any time soon. SCE would be asking the NRC to act on the amendment before the end of May so the plant can be restarted in time to help meet peak summer demand.
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