LOS ANGELES Feb 7 The owner of a shuttered
California nuclear power plant on Thursday rejected suggestions
by two lawmakers that it had been aware of problems with the
reactors' steam generators before installation, calling the
comments "simply not accurate".
Southern California Edison was responding to a letter sent
on Wednesday by Senator Barbara Boxer and Representative Edward
Markey to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The letter asked the watchdog to investigate a confidential
2012 document that the lawmakers said showed that some safety
modifications were rejected by SCE and the maker of the steam
generators, Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, before
their installation at the San Onofre plant.
San Onofre's nuclear reactors have been shut for more than a
year because workers detected a leak in a tube in one of its two
new steam generators.
"SCE would never, and did not, install steam generators that
it believed would not perform safely," the utility said in a
The document cited by Boxer and Markey was submitted to the
NRC by Mitsubishi Heavy "months ago", SCE said, as part of the
commission's consideration of the utility's request to restart
one of the San Onofre reactors.
San Onofre sits on the California coast halfway between Los
Angeles and San Diego. It is the largest power plant in southern
Southern California Edison is a unit of Edison International