Nuclear, O&M, Reactors

NRC: San Onofre nuclear plant restart decision to come in spring

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced last week that a decision will be made in late April or May on whether to restart reactor Unit 2 at the 2,200 MW San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, San Diego 6 News reports. An announcement would then be expected shortly thereafter.

A small leak was discovered in Unit 3 in January 2012, and that unit was shut down after workers determined premature wear on tubes caused it. An inspection of Unit 2, which was offline at the time for maintenance, showed the same tube degradation. Neither reactor has been online since.

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