Steel mills prepare as California nuclear plant remains down

The idle San Onofre nuclear power plant in southern California won’t restart until a problem with superalloy tubing is resolved, increasing speculation that parts of California may be facing an electricity pinch this summer.

"Until we are satisfied that has been done, the plant will not be permitted to restart," NRC regional administrator Elmo E. Collins wrote.

The SCE has said that it was committed not to restart "until we are satisfied it is safe to do so."

The nuclear power plant north of San Clemente has been idle since January, when its Unit 3 reactor was shut down...

Published

March 30, 2012

22:44 GMT

Los Angeles