Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Edison exec forecast San Onofre failure

Letter indicates VP was “concerned” about “design flaws”

Information gleaned from a letter between San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station operator Southern California Edison and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, manufacturer of the failed steam generators that shuttered to plant, could prove that Edison intentionally skirted federal design safety review requirements when ordering the new units.

The 2004 communication was released Wednesday by former Utility Consumers' Action Network executive Charles Langley who has been working with watchdog attorney Michael Aguirre to protest a $3.3 billion charge to ratepayers as a result of the plant's premature failure.

In the released letter, penned by Edison vice president Dwight Nunn, the utility executive notes that "questioning by San Onofre followed by an exhaustive evaluation by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries led to a design revision to address a potential risk to the success of the project."

"Changes in the steam generator design may be necessary," Nunn continues. "I am concerned that there is the potential that design flaws could be inadvertently introduced into the steam generator design that will lead to unacceptable consequences (e.g. tube wear and eventually tube plugging). This would be a disastrous outcome for both of us."

Indeed, federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials eventually concluded that flaws in the reactor's design were to blame for heavy premature wear in hundreds of steam tubes within the generators, though they stopped short of accusing Edison of making the changes without proper review, though that non-charge has long been disputed by critics and was repeated Wednesday.

"What all this means is that legally, [San Onofre] was an unlicensed reactor that was being illegally operated by Southern California Edison," says Langley. "They knew those generators were defective. They knew how to fix the problems of the defective generators in advance, but didn't. What's more, the engineers accurately predicted in advance where and how the generators would fail from the expected vibrations...yet [Edison's] executives proceeded to install them anyway."

The reasoning follows, then, that if Edison knew all along about the risks inherent in installing the new generators, and since those risks were quickly realized, shareholders in the parent companies that took those risks (including San Diego's Sempra Energy, which owns about 20 percent of the plant through its San Diego Gas & Electric subsidiary) should be the ones to pay for the utilities' poor decisions, not their customers.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

“Medicine Show” webcast showcases Mrs. Henry’s puppeteering

Friends from Earthless, The Blank Tapes, Howlin Rain, Warish, and others join in the fun
Next Article

Native Americans who rocked the world

Stevie Salas, FreeMartin, City Windows, Charles Burton Blues Band, Army of Love

Information gleaned from a letter between San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station operator Southern California Edison and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, manufacturer of the failed steam generators that shuttered to plant, could prove that Edison intentionally skirted federal design safety review requirements when ordering the new units.

The 2004 communication was released Wednesday by former Utility Consumers' Action Network executive Charles Langley who has been working with watchdog attorney Michael Aguirre to protest a $3.3 billion charge to ratepayers as a result of the plant's premature failure.

In the released letter, penned by Edison vice president Dwight Nunn, the utility executive notes that "questioning by San Onofre followed by an exhaustive evaluation by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries led to a design revision to address a potential risk to the success of the project."

"Changes in the steam generator design may be necessary," Nunn continues. "I am concerned that there is the potential that design flaws could be inadvertently introduced into the steam generator design that will lead to unacceptable consequences (e.g. tube wear and eventually tube plugging). This would be a disastrous outcome for both of us."

Indeed, federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials eventually concluded that flaws in the reactor's design were to blame for heavy premature wear in hundreds of steam tubes within the generators, though they stopped short of accusing Edison of making the changes without proper review, though that non-charge has long been disputed by critics and was repeated Wednesday.

"What all this means is that legally, [San Onofre] was an unlicensed reactor that was being illegally operated by Southern California Edison," says Langley. "They knew those generators were defective. They knew how to fix the problems of the defective generators in advance, but didn't. What's more, the engineers accurately predicted in advance where and how the generators would fail from the expected vibrations...yet [Edison's] executives proceeded to install them anyway."

The reasoning follows, then, that if Edison knew all along about the risks inherent in installing the new generators, and since those risks were quickly realized, shareholders in the parent companies that took those risks (including San Diego's Sempra Energy, which owns about 20 percent of the plant through its San Diego Gas & Electric subsidiary) should be the ones to pay for the utilities' poor decisions, not their customers.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Treetop Tutoring Center: Jeanne Volk‘s triple tutoring whammy

“Kids miss school friends they were used to seeing and playing with most days.”
Next Article

Hard times for San Diego County cities

Hard times for 17 San Diego County cities
Comments
2

CPUC EVIDENTIARY HEARING ON SAN ONOFRE VIDEO AVAILABLE!

Don't miss this stunning video of the CPUC evidentiary Hearing on the San Onofre nuclear plant. We asked Michael Aguirre to take the lead role in our cross examination during this hearing because we had a very short time, and it requires an experienced attorney to go toe-to-toe with ALJ Darling and the commissioners. Don't miss Peevey's outburst of expletives toward the end when Aguirre put him on the spot about his discussions with SCE, which he was once president of.

What is important here is to expose the ridiculous operation of this commission. Anyone watching it will definitely see how much the utilities control this so-called regulatory agency.

Enjoy!

May 17, 2014

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close