SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON REFUTES MARKEY’S LETTER TO SEC
(The following is a reformatted version of a press release issued by Southern California Edison and received via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.)
Edison International and Southern California Edison Refute Rep. Ed Markey’s Letter to SEC
ROSEMEAD, Calif., Feb. 21, 2013 -- Rep. Ed Markey’s letter to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Elisse Walter raises the same questions raised in his letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on Feb. 6. It is simply not accurate to suggest, as Rep. Ed Markey has, that when the steam generators at San Onofre were installed, Southern California Edison (SCE) was “aware of serious problems with the design of San Onofre nuclear power plant’s replacement steam generators.”
Edison International has been open and transparent about the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station outage and inspection, NRC and California Public Utilities Commission processes and contractual matters.
SCE would never, and did not, install steam generators that it believed would not perform safely. SCE, like other utilities seeking to replace its steam generators, sought to purchase replacement steam generators that would meet or improve upon the safety standards and performance of the original steam generators. SCE’s design specifications followed industry standards for compliance with NRC processes.
The plant’s unit 2 was taken out of service Jan. 9, 2012, for a planned outage. Unit 3 was safely taken off line Jan. 31, 2012, after station operators detected a small leak in a steam generator tube. Each unit will remain shut down until the NRC is satisfied that the unit is safe to operate.
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Jennifer Manfrè Principal Manager, Media Relations Southern California Edison 626-302-7964