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Michael Peevey, head of the California Public Utilities Commission, recommended yesterday (Aug. 2) that the agency delay for several months an investigation into billowing costs tied to damage at the San Onofre nuclear power plant, according to the Associated Press. The issue is who is going to pay for the $165 million for repairs, inspection and the like related to the crippled reactor. The Division of Ratepayer Advocates, which attempts to represent utility consumers, said Wednesday that only the commission can investigate whether Southern California Edison, which owns most of the plant, acted responsibly.

Utility watchdogs such as The Utility Reform Network (TURN) are fearful that the utility-friendly commission will past the costs on to customers, rather than to shareholders of the utilities. (San Diego Gas & Electric is trying to get customers to pay for uninsured costs of the 2007 fires that the utility was deemed responsible for.)

Peevey is a former president of Southern California Edison, which owns the plant with San Diego Gas & Electric.

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Dennis Aug. 3, 2012 @ 12:44 p.m.

Nothing like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse. Power just went out as I was typing this, must be an omen!

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Don Bauder Aug. 3, 2012 @ 1:12 p.m.

Yes, and as a ratepayer, you will probably have to pick up the tab for the repair of whatever caused your blackout. This bunch of CPUC commissioners only cares about shareholders. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh Aug. 3, 2012 @ 7:16 p.m.

I cannot say that I'm surprised. San Onofre has always had its questionable role in the local power supply. Every time one of these plants has some sort of foul-up it casts a pall over all the others and all the others that are in the planning stages. We had massive and multiple reassurances from all sorts of "authorities" about the multi-layered safety sytems that were in place at these plants. So much for all that.

Then when those steam generators were being replaced recently, we had abundant press coverage of the removal of the old ones, down the beach and to some sort of load-out site.

That made it sound all so planned, safe and routine. Now it appears as if nothing about those plants is well-planned, or inherently safe, or at all predictable. And we've been operating those nuclear power plants for over 50 years!

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Don Bauder Aug. 3, 2012 @ 8:32 p.m.

Are you surprised that the utilities are sloppy? And surprised that the regulators are looking the other way? Best, Don Bauder

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tomjohnston Aug. 5, 2012 @ 10:41 a.m.

"And we've been operating those nuclear power plants for over 50 years!" ?????? Not sure what you mean Unit 1 was dismantled in the '90's and Units 2&3 have only been operating since '83 &'84.

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Don Bauder Aug. 5, 2012 @ 3:08 p.m.

Clarification needed on that. Best, Don Bauder

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