NRC cites SCE for failing to check design of steam generators at San Onofre nuclear plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has cited Southern California Edison for failing to properly check the design of faulty replacement steam generators that disabled the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in California, according to a report from the San Diego Union-Times.

While the violation notice carries no penalties, it complicates efforts by SCE to recover plant costs and remaining assets on behalf of its shareholders, according to the report.

An SCE spokesperson told the Union-Times the company will evaluate the final determination letter from the NRC and respond within 30 days with appropriate corrective actions.

Both units at the San Onofre nuclear plant were shut down in January 2012. SCE announced it would retire the units last June.

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