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Safety, Not Timelines, Drives San Onofre

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The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station near San Clemente, Calif., has been providing safe, clean and reliable electricity for so long you may no longer notice its two domes sitting between the I-5 Freeway and the ocean. For more than 40 years, Southern California Edison (SCE), the majority owner of San Onofre, has been operating this plant, providing clean, emission-free energy to 1.4 million homes and businesses in our region.

Earlier this year, SCE safely shut down Units 2 and 3. Unit 2 was due for planned maintenance and Unit 3 was safely taken offline when the station operators detected a small leak in one of that unit’s almost 20,000 steam generator tubes. Both units at the plant remain safely shut down while we perform thorough inspections, evaluations and corrective actions.

What does all this mean to you, the customers? Without the availability of San Onofre’s power, it has meant some sacrifice during the hot summer months. SCE customers have done a tremendous job in conserving energy this summer by cutting back on air conditioning and the use of other appliances.

SCE employees and independent third-party experts continue to evaluate repair and operation plans, all with the same goal in mind: to ensure that the plant will be able to safely operate under the high standards required by us and the independent Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The safe operation of the plant is our number one priority, and we take this responsibility seriously.

There is a cost associated with all of this. We will first look to steam generator manufacturer warranties and insurance to recover costs associated with the current outages. The California Public Utilities Commission will also review and determine if the costs are reasonable.

We take seriously the responsibility of running the plant safely. Our employees and their families live and work in this community. We are proud of our safety record. We are in the business of safely providing clean and reliable electricity to our customers.

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