Utilities Commission proposes San Onofre Investigation

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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has proposed a formal investigation to determine whether ratepayers should be off the hook for the San Onofre nuclear plant.

San Onofre hasn’t produced any power since it was taken offline in January after officials discovered a tiny amount of radioactive steam had leaked from the plant.

But customers that get electricity from Southern California Edison (SCE) or San Diego Gas & Electric have been paying for San Onofre while it's been idle.

Now the CPUC wants to look into that.

The commission will consider whether ratepayers should bear the cost of San Onofre in the future, and whether they should get refunds for what they’ve already paid this year.

But before that happens, the CPUC needs to investigate - and before they can investigate. the commissioners need to vote on the proposal.

That will happen at the commission's Oct. 25 meeting at the Irvine City Hall.

Meanwhile, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is still reviewing whether San Onofre can re-open at reduced power, as plant operator SCE recently proposed.

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