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A fire broke out at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Stations’ Unit 2 reactor this afternoon, the North County Times is reporting.

The fire, which started at an electrical panel in an area where non-radioactive steam spins turbines that generate electricity, burned for about 40 minutes and was “easily extinguished,” according to Jennifer Manfre, a spokeswoman for plant operator Southern California Edison.

No workers were injured in the fire. Unit 2 was shut down on January 9 for maintenance, and has remained out of commission since, as a radioactive leak at the neighboring Unit 3 reactor has prompted the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to call for further investigation of tubing in the steam generators that has shown signs of premature wear at both reactors.

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Visduh April 20, 2012 @ 7:15 p.m.

Looks like just another nail in the coffin that will be used to bury that plant. Such a waste! Those reactors have many more decades of productivity in them, but this pattern of ineptitude will render that moot. So Cal Edison is the utility that almost took over SDGE a couple decades past. Which one is the worst for lack of trust? Darned if I know.

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Founder April 21, 2012 @ 8:46 a.m.

Mitsubishi Affirms Serious Steam Generator Problem at San Onofre Nuclear Reactors https://residentsorganizedforasafeenvironment.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/mitsubishi-affirms-serious-steam-generator-problem-at-san-onofre-nuclear-reactors/#comment-165 snip FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Shaun Burnie | 202.957.1247 April 20, 2012 Mitsubishi Affirms Serious Steam Generator Problem at San Onofre Nuclear Reactors Reactors Cannot Be Operated During 2012 Summer – Says FOE

SAN FRANCISCO – The Japanese firm responsible for fabricating the failing steam generators at Southern California Edison’s San Onofre nuclear reactors announced today that it is undertaking analyses of the causes of the serious, unresolved safety problems.

In papers filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the firm, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, revealed that its reviews will extend at least through the end of August—ensuring that the troubled reactors will not be able to operate through the summer.

The severity of the problems at San Onofre first came to light when one of the reactor’s steam generators leaked radiation at the end of January. The subsequent discovery of unusual levels of wear in steel tubing in the steam generators of both units has caused both reactors to remain shut down since.

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Founder April 21, 2012 @ 8:49 a.m.

Posted by CaptD in the comments portion of the above site:

I’m glad the their analysis will take all Summer; that way Californians will learn that other forms of Energy can run the State just fine!

This Summer, Southern California will be much less at RISK because both of the reactors at San Onofre will be in cold shut down which makes them much less at risk should a BIG Quake strike!

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