HOUSTON, April 10 (Reuters) - Nuclear regulators on Wednesday said a license request change submitted by operators of the damaged San Onofre nuclear station in California may not represent an increased safety risk, according to a release.
Southern California Edison, a unit of Edison International, seeks to amend the operating license of the San Onofre Unit 2 reactor so it can restart the unit this summer, but at a reduced operating level.
Both units at the 2,150-megawatt San Onofre nuclear station, located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, have been shut since January 2012 following a small radioactive steam leak, which indicated a serious problem with accelerated degradation of tubes in the units’ brand new steam generators.
The preliminary “no significant hazards” recommendation from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission means the reactor might be able to restart in advance of a public hearing sought by anti-nuclear groups.
The reactor can only restart if the NRC deems the unit can operate safely.