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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Southern California Edison Conducts Required Testing of Equipment
ROSEMEAD, Calif., October 19, 2012 — Southern California Edison (SCE) has begun
required equipment testing using a temporary boiler to produce steam required
in the non-nuclear portions of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. This
testing is not part of a plant restart.
The current testing is required for Unit 2 upgrades completed this past
January, which included installing a new reactor vessel head. During this
testing, steam might be visible on the west side of the plant. The temporary
boiler is being run on diesel fuel.
The testing is anticipated to last about seven days. During this period, the
reactor cooling water system will pump water through its normal flow path. The
pumping energy will heat up and pressurize the reactor water to normal levels.
These conditions are necessary to conduct the planned testing of the new
equipment. In accordance with the requirements of the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission’s (NRC) Confirmatory Action Letter, the reactor will remain shut
down and the steam generators will not be producing steam to run the power
Both units of the San Onofre plant are currently safely shut down. Unit 2 was
taken out of service Jan. 9 for a planned outage. Unit 3 was safely taken
offline Jan. 31 after station operators detected a leak in a steam generator
SCE submitted its response to the NRC’s Confirmatory Action Letter on Oct. 4,
along with its restart plan for Unit 2. Unit 2 cannot be restarted until all
plans have been approved by the NRC and will remain shut down until the NRC is
satisfied that it is safe to operate. Unit 3 remains safely shut down for
continued inspections, analysis and testing.
For updates, please visit www.SONGScommunity.com, or follow us on Twitter at
www.twitter.com/SCE_SONGS and on www.facebook.com/SCE. The San Onofre plant is
jointly owned by SCE (78.21 percent), San Diego Gas & Electric (20 percent) and
the city of Riverside (1.79 percent).
About Southern California Edison
An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one
of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14
million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area
within Central, Coastal and Southern California.
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