Nuclear power United States: it is easier to close than to repair

The operator Southern California Edison said that after 17 months of inactivity due to a problem with the steam generator station which provides electricity to 1.4 million homes, will put out of operation of the remaining reactors of the 2nd and 3rd units.

Edison Company concluded that the concerns of consumers and investors outweigh the possible benefits of restarting the plant, said CEO Ted Craver.


Back in February, Edison estimated the cost of closing the station at $ 400 million. Several years ago the repair of steam generators at the plant has been spent $ 780 million.

San Onofre nuclear power plant was shut off in February last year after a leak in the cooling system water.

Then was disconnected from the only existing at the time plant reactors.


Only at the plant, which was commissioned in 1968, had three reactor. The first unit was decommissioned in 1992 and was used as an additional reservoir for spent nuclear fuel (SNF). The power unit No. 2 was previously shut down for maintenance work.

See also: Tales of the American atom

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