San Diego Union Tribune: Operators of the San Onofre nuclear plant may decide to retire one or both reactors by year-end if regulators deny or delay a request to partially restart the plant. [...] Edison CEO Ted Craver said a “decision likely made before year-end 2013 on whether to shut down Unit 2 and 3″ if the Nuclear Regulatory has not approved the company’s proposal to restart the Unit 2 reactor at partial power. Edison also pushed back its goal of restarting Unit 2 by June 1. [...]
AP: [...] SCE has asked federal regulators for permission to restart the Unit 2 reactor and run it for a five-month test period. Without that approval, Chairman Ted Craver told Wall Street analysts in a conference call that a decision on whether to retire one, or both, reactors might be made this year. [...] With questions about whether the plant can restart, mounting costs and who picks up the bill, “there is a practical limit to how much we can absorb of that risk,” Craver said. After the plant was shut down, tests found some generator tubes were so badly eroded that they could fail and possibly release radiation, a stunning finding inside the nearly new equipment.
Dow Jones: Edison International CEO: Could Decide by End 2013 Whether to Permanently Shut Nuclear Plant [...] Edison International (EIX) could decide by the end of 2013 whether or not to permanently shut down its California nuclear power plant, Edison’s top executive said Tuesday. [...] “Without a restart of Unit 2, a decision to retire one or both units would likely be made before year-end 2013,” Mr. Craver said during a conference call with analysts to discuss the company’s quarterly financial results.
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Published: April 30th, 2013 at 7:43 pm ET