David Dodd 2:53 a.m., May 21
San Onofre still costing customers, Del Mar calls for public meetings on nuclear plant's woes
Turmoil continues surrounding the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in northern San Diego County.
Earlier this week, the city of Del Mar passed a resolution calling for a public Nuclear Regulatory Commission hearing on the plant’s licensing. The resolution was adopted after hearing “nearly a dozen heartfelt pleas from citizens to take a stand on the issue,” as well as a report from a plant official regarding the failure of the plant’s steam generators and subsequent radiation release, the Del Mar Times reports.
A Commission meeting regarding the plant is currently scheduled for the evening of October 9, though it will take place in Dana Point, out of reach of many San Diegans though within 15 miles of the facility. The meeting is scheduled to include a discussion of the problems that have plagued the plant (which go beyond the failed generators, some of which are detailed here, here, here, and here), and will feature a public question-and-answer session.
U-T San Diego, meanwhile, reports that San Diego Gas & Electric customers have paid $185 million so far this year for the plant’s operation, despite its not having generated any power since late January. Included in the total is an 8.4% rate of return for the company, whose parent Sempra Energy has a 20 percent stake in the plant.