NRC: Plan in the works to restart San Onofre nuclear power plant

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

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The troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant may be gearing up for a restart, after an NRC senior inspector said the regulator is preparing a plan for what needs to be done to bring the facility back online.

The 2,200 MW plant in southern California has been offline for about a year, since the discovery of a small radiation leak led to finding worn out pipes that carry radioactive water. Southern California Edison, the plant operator, has requested NRC permission to bring Unit 2 at the plant back online to run at reduced power, but a decision on that isn’t expected before March at the earliest.

San Onofre encountered problems after new pipes installed during a 2009-2010 overhaul intended to extend the life of the plant proved instead to be faulty.

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