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A couple stands near the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station at San Onofre State Beach on March 15, 2012 south of San Clemente, California. Plant operator Southern California Edison has applied to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to restart one of the two reactor units, at 70 percent of power for a limited time. The nuclear plant has been shut down a leak in generator tubes sent a small amount of radioactive steam into the atmosphere on January 31, 2012. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Federal regulators have once again pushed back their timeline for deciding if they’ll allow the San Onofre nuclear plant to reopen.
Officials at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have repeatedly stressed they will take all the time they need to evaluate San Onofre, and they seem to be following through on that promise.
The NRC originally said it could issue a decision this month, then it pushed it back to late April.
Now the NRC says on its website a decision shouldn’t be expected until late May or June.
A spokesman said the agency needs more time to evaluate technical data that plant operator Southern California Edison has submitted.
Edison has proposed re-starting San Onofre’s Reactor 2 at 70 percent power for five months.
The plant has been closed since last January.