Nuclear Regulatory Commission delays decision on San Onofre restart

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According to an updated timeline posted on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s website, a decision to restart the San Onofre Unit 2 reactor has been delayed until the end of May.

According to Victor Dricks, a NRC spokesperson, the NRC needs additional time to conduct more on-site inspections at the plant.

Both Unit 2 and Unit 3 have been offline since January 2012, and it seems unlikely that Unit 3 will ever return to service.  Southern California Edison has financial incentives to get the plant operating, and would likely try to restart the Unit 2 reactor within hours of obtaining clearance, but it so far has been unable to first convince federal regulators that it is safe to do so.

Source: NRC

Source: Bloomberg

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