AirTalk for June 7, 2013

San Onofre nuclear power plant closure

Sun sets on San Onofre nuclear plant

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Southern California Edison announced Friday that it plans to permanently shut down the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The nuclear plant has been offline since a radioactive steam leak in January 2012.

Southern California Edison decided to permanently shut down the San Onofre nuclear power plant today after a 16 month debate over whether or not it would be re-opened. The plant closed nearly a year and a half ago because of damaged steam generators that caused leakage of radioactive steam. The utility company had expected to restart the plant, but the chairman of Edison International said the uncertainty over whether it would re-open was not good for customers or investors. Before its closure, the 40-year-old nuclear plant provided power to about 1.4 million homes in southern California. It is one of just two nuclear power plants in California.

How much will the plant’s closure cost customers? Where will the replacement power come from?

Guests:
Mark Pocta, program manager of the Division of Ratepayer Advocates at the CA Public Utilities Commission

Coral Davenport, energy and environment correspondent for the National Journal


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