Future of damaged Calif. nuke plant coming clearer


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The future of the damaged San Onofre nuclear power plant is slowly coming into focus.

Southern California Edison executives are scheduled to discuss "operational developments" Thursday in what could be a steppingstone to restarting one of the twin reactors, Unit 2.

The plant has been dark since January, after a break in a tube carrying radioactive water. Investigators later found excessive wear in hundreds of tubes in the plant's steam generators.

Last month Nuclear Regulatory Commission chief Allison Macfarlane said she expected Edison to submit paperwork this week that would detail repairs and how the reactor could operate safely.

An NRC review could last months.

Edison officials have spoken optimistically about restarting Unit 2, where damage has been less extensive. It's possible the Unit 3 generators might be scrapped.

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