NRC expecting to make decision regarding San Onofre restart by March 2013

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission released the following dates it suggests will complete the following stages of its review of Southern California Edison’s request to restart the Unit 2 reactor at reduced capacity.

Specific dates listed are subject to change based upon conduct of the inspection and discovery of new information. The NRC staff will take the time that is required to complete the inspection and technical evaluation of the licensee’s CAL response without regard to specific schedules. Updated information on these activities will be provided as it becomes available.


Expected Date

• CAL onsite inspection (Unit 2)Dec. 3 – 7
(additional inspection activities may be needed)
• Category 1 public meeting at NRC headquarters to discuss ongoing technical review/RAIs.Dec. 18
(additional working level meetings may be needed)
• Category 1 public meeting in Southern California with licensee on status of CAL inspection & technical evaluation. Possible inspection exit if inspection activities are complete.mid-Feb. ‘13
• Technical evaluation and Unit 2 CAL inspection report complete and publicly available.late Feb – early Mar.
• Notify ASLB and parties of intent to issue decision regarding restart for Unit 2March
• Issue decision regarding restart for Unit 2.5-30 days after notification to ASLB and parties


Source: NRC SONGS Tube Degradation Page


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