NRC SONGS Review: "incomplete, inconclusive, inconsistent"


A year ago January 31, a leak in a Unit 3 steam generator tube at Southern California Edison's (SCE) San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) led to a series of unit shutdowns. Unit 3 was shut down at that time while inspections of Unit 2's nearly new steam generators found unexpected wear. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will now allow their restart until it has reasonable assurance they can be operated safely.

Before any San Onofre Unit 2 restart decision, DAB Safety Team is demanding an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department and NRC Commissioners and has submitted an Allegation to the United States Department of Justice, Office of the Chairman of the NRC, and the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, claiming that the NRC review of SONGS was "incomplete, inconclusive, inconsistent and unacceptable."

The Allegation claims that the root cause of the SONGS Unit 3 shutdown was due to a "complacent SCE and inexperienced MHI engineers (that) did not perform proper academic research and industry benchmarking…" Ultimately, the filing alleges "lack of critical questioning and investigative attitude by SCE, MHI and NRC.

The NRC is still reviewing its plans to reopen the units and will hold a public meeting in mid-February surrounding the restart of SONGS Unit 2.

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