By Jim Shilander
Southern California Edison officials met with Nuclear Regulatory Commission engineers at the NRC’s Maryland headquarters Tuesday to discuss the utility’s proposal to restart Unit 2 at 70 percent power for five months. While the meeting largely focused on the technical aspects, NRC officials indicated that they had some additional questions about the proposal, which would be forwarded to Edison, with hopes of being answered by the beginning of January. NRC officials did not rule out additional inspections of Unit 2.
The current NRC timeline calls for another public meeting in Southern California in February to discuss the utility’s restart proposal. According to the NRC timeline, a decision will not be made before March.
The NRC’s timeline can be viewed online at www.nrc.gov/info-finder/reactor/songs/tube-degradation.html.