NRC Denies Activist Petition for Formal Nuke Plant Hearing

Regulators shot down a bid Friday by Citizens Oversight to have an evidentiary hearing on whether technical changes at the troubled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station's upgrades.

From City News Service --

A bid by a citizen's group to hold an evidentiary hearing on proposed technical changes to Southern California Edison's license for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station was denied Friday by a three-judge panel.

The judges, who make up the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, ruled against the request made in October by El Cajon-based Citizens Oversight.

The group is led by former congressional candidate and activist Ray Lutz. He argued that the proposed changes would allow Rosemead-based SCE -- the operator and majority owner of the troubled nuclear power plant in northern San Diego County -- to conceal some technical specifications, and allow the utility to change them without prior public or NRC review.

The judges, however, found that the utility's proposals were in line with previous NRC rulings.

The panel dismissed other Citizens Oversight objections after finding that they weren't affected by SCE's proposals.

The nuclear plant south of San Clemente has been shut down since a leak was discovered in one of the two reactors at the end of January. The other reactor was undergoing planned maintenance at the time, and neither has been restarted.

Anti-nuclear activists are opposed to any plans to resume operations at the seaside facility.

A group called Friends of the Earth contends that new steam generators installed at San Onofre in 2010 were of such a different design that SCE should have to go through rigorous procedure to amend its license before the plant returns to service.

NRC staff is reviewing the FOE's demand for a hearing on that issue. The agency said briefs are still being submitted, so a ruling on whether to grant a hearing probably wouldn't come until after January.

Joanna Clark December 22, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Just goes to show you who the NRC works for. Another government agency owned by the utilities. They get the profits, and the tax payers get the bill whenever something goes wrong.
george gregory December 22, 2012 at 05:27 PM
BULL the NRC lack of oversight lead to this dangerous filthy machine on our beach now the NRC rules no , on a evidentiary hearing ? we all know that they are hiding their incompetence what else are they hiding time to disband these lying sacks of poop now , and jail them I demand the hearings now these issues need to be addressed before elections , less we wind up with a 3 stooge judge panel where are our elected officials , counting nuclear moneys of course
Jay Berman December 23, 2012 at 01:16 AM
If we don't get this plant back on line in some capacity we will have curtailments, you can't import that much electricity without voltage supports on the grid ... Encina is going full now, if Encina goes down, we're so screwed .. no voltage support on the coast at all ...


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