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Protesters gather against nuclear plant in California
Sun Dec 2, 2012 2:48PM
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The San Onofre Nuclear Generating plant is seen in North San Diego County, California.

 

Protesters gathered at a meeting between federal regulators and Southern California Edison in opposition of the proposed reopening of a nuclear power plant.

 

The San Onofre nuclear power plant has been shut down for 10 months because of unusual wear on steam generator tubes, the Los Angeles Times reported.

 

Edison has proposed reopening about 70 percent of the plant for five months before taking it offline for inspection.

 

On Friday, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission met with Edison to discuss the fate of the plant, the closing of which cost Edison and partner San Diego Gas & Electric a combined $771 million.

 

Anti-nuclear activists and a group of four Buddhist monks and nuns gathered at the meeting to express their opposition to restarting the plant.

 

One of the monks, Senji Kanaeda, said he was concerned about nuclear power in part because of the disaster at Fukushima. "We would like to pass a safe world to the next generation," he said. UPI

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

Several activists gathered at the meeting before it started, chanting "No restart, shut it down". Local Buddhist monks began a seven-day fast in support of a permanent closing of the plant. Some of them also attended Friday's meeting. Reuters

 

The Southern California Edison’s San Onofre nuclear power plant has often fallen under scrutiny for creating dangerous conditions that some have worried could result in California’s Fukushima. The plant was shut down over radioactive leaks in January, but has since drafted a reopening plan without undergoing a safety hearing. RT

 

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) officials are set to meet with Southern California Edison representatives Friday night to discuss the limited restarting of the plant. In order to restart, inspectors would have to deem the plant safe enough to operate. RT

 

Edison's efforts to restart the reactor faced vocal opposition from environmental groups and local residents, who said the plan was an experiment that could endanger 8 million people living nearby. Reuters

 

San Onofre sits on the Southern California coast halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. The Chicago Tribune

 

In Fukushima, Japan, it was the failure of emergency generators that were partially the cause of the plant’s failure in 2011. At San Onofre, the backup generator would be needed to help keep the reactor cool if power was lost at the site. RT

 

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