NRC rejects hearing on Calif. nuke plant issues

Associated Press Published: November 8, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal regulators have rejected a request from environmentalists to hold a court-like review of equipment issues at the long-shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant in California.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted unanimously in Maryland Thursday to set aside the request from Friends of the Earth, but left open the possibility a hearing might take place after further reviews.

The group argued that modifications to steam generators installed in 2009 and 2010 should have triggered a lengthy NRC review and amendment to the plant's operating license.

The generators turned out to be defective, and the plant hasn't produced electricity since January.

Operator Southern California Edison agreed with the agency's decision to deny the hearing.

The NRC has promised a transparent review of Edison's proposal to restart San Onofre's Unit 2 reactor.