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NRC chief: No commitment on hearing at Cal nuke

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 14, 2013 at 6:54 pm •  Published: May 14, 2013

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has not decided whether to hold a public hearing on a plan to restart the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant in California.

NRC Chair Allison Macfarlane told reporters in Washington on Tuesday that she is aware of strong interest in California and among some members of Congress for a public hearing.

But she says agency officials are still working to determine the best way to inform the public.

The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board on Monday sided with environmentalists who have called for detailed public hearings on Southern California Edison's restart proposal.

Macfarlane says with or without a public hearing, a decision on the restart plan will not be made until at least late June.

The plant hasn't produced electricity since January 2012.