April 12, 2011 / 9:36 PM / 6 years ago

San Onofre nuke owner seeks $64 mln for seismic study

LOS ANGELES, April 12 (Reuters) - California utility Southern California Edison is seeking $64 million for seismic studies related to its San Onofre nuclear power plant.

The news comes a day after another of the state’s utilities, Pacific Gas & Electric (PCG.N), said it asked U.S. nuclear regulators to delay processing an application to extend the life of its Diablo Canyon nuclear plant on the quake-prone California coast.

Diablo Canyon and San Onofre are the only two nuclear power plants in California.

In a statement on Tuesday, SCE said it would file a funding authorization request with the California Public Utilities Commission on April 15.

The $64 million the utility is asking for represents less than 1 percent of overall rates, it said.

The unit of Edison International (EIX.N) said it enlarged the scope of its seismic and tsunami studies following the nuclear crisis at Japan’s Fukushima reactors. (Reporting by Nichola Groom, editing by Bernard Orr)

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