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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

SCE Commits to Repairs of SONGS Steam Generators

SCE Commits to Repairs of SONGS Steam Generators

The NRC has issued a Confirmatory Action Letter (attached below) documenting actions that Southern California Edison Co. (SCE) officials have agreed to take related to unusual wear on steam generator tubes prior to restarting both units of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).
“This Confirmatory Action Letter formalizes commitments that Southern California Edison has made to ensure that the cause of the tube wear in both steam generators is understood and appropriately addressed in order to ensure safe operation,” NRC Region IV Administrator Elmo E. Collins said. “Until we are satisfied that has been done, the plant will not be permitted to restart.”
“We welcome the NRC’s letter, which is a formal step in the process of restarting Units 2 and 3,” said Ron Litzinger, president of SCE, which operates the plant as the majority owner. “Our number one priority is, and always has been, the health and safety of the public and our employees. The utility will only bring the units on line when we and the NRC are satisfied that it is safe to do so.”

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