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Ex-NRC chief not confident in Edison's San Onofre restart plan

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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) David McNew/Getty Images

Recently Senator Barbara Boxer admonished the Justice Department to open an investigation into the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant. There are many critics of the plant, and the continued reliance on nuclear power, but one emerging critic has been Naoto Kan, the former prime minister of Japan. 

Kan was Japan's PM at the time of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, and after intense criticism of how his administration handled the crisis, made a public apology and has since claimed to have a change of heart regarding the use of nuclear power.

Speaking on Tuesday at an anti-nuclear conference in San Diego, former head of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Gregory B. Jaczko expressed serious doubts about Southern California Edison's proposal to restart the San Onofre nuclear plant at 70 percent power for five months.

“The approach does not instill a lot of confidence in me,” he said Tuesday. “It’s a fairly novel idea to allow a plant to operate at a reduced power level because of a safety issue.”

KPCC's Ben Bergman, who sat down afterwards for an exclusive interview with Jaczko, joins the show with more. 

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