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StanleyCup
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 12:45:30 AM

Costs tied to the idling of California's San Onofre nuclear power plant have climbed to $553 million, while the majority owner raised the possibility Tuesday of retiring the plant if it can't get one reactor running later this year.

The plant between San Diego and Los Angeles has not produced electricity since January 2012, when a tiny radiation leak led to the discovery of unusual damage to hundreds of tubes that carry radioactive water.

Edison International — the parent company of operator Southern California Edison — reported Tuesday that $109 million has been spent through March 31 on repairs and inspections, while $444 million was needed for replacement power.

SCE has asked federal regulators for permission to restart the Unit 2 reactor and run it for a five-month...
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EssexAdri
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 1:02:21 AM

the story s vague & doesn't give enough information

1. the way the story is written makes it sound like the company is being
held liable in paying for the replacement power ($444 million)?
if this is the case, I have a serious problem with that. here is a
company that identified a problem, and apparently took the proper steps
to prevent it from becoming a crisis & natural disaster.
but the story looks like they are being penalized for doing the right
thing, addressing public & environmental safety.

They've made repairs and are now following the proper procedures in
getting permission to restart one of the reactors from the local, state,
& federal government (hate to say it, but good luck to them on that one,
there's no way the O'Rob'Ya administration is going to let that reactor
be brought back on-line, it goes against his forcing alternative energy
sources)

2. what responsibilities and liabilities are being levied on the generator
manufacturer?
rahcat
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Message Posted: May 3, 2013 12:07:09 AM

It's always something.
porotito
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 7:13:15 PM

Mr Burns would NOT be happy...
milespergallon
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 7:08:59 PM

More government boondoggle. When will it end!
Cheepo
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 4:38:11 PM

Go nuclear!!!!!!!!!
dudleydolittle
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 4:37:30 PM

shut down
dylan126
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 4:34:22 PM

SHUT IT DOWN FOR GOOD!
marsbars
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 4:27:49 PM

OK
Ken2OD
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 4:26:07 PM

How many years has this nuclear plant paid for itself already? The article did not say when it was built. Author forgot about the "5 W's" of writing.
OOXXFF
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 4:23:49 PM

Nuclear power can be dangerous, as we have seen.
DeHavilland
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 4:21:40 PM

Almost as much as the cost of the cancelled gas plants that this government in our province threw away so they could elect a few more of their own last election.
mlmeng
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 4:16:49 PM

TXGasPriceSpy wrote "Another reason not to live in CA. "

Good point.
smileynish
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 4:05:58 PM

sounds like a total waste. Should have used it on more wind farms.. probably less opponents and people complaining from turning into zombies.
GasSpy007
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 4:02:07 PM

Ohh for gosh sakes already.. ENOUGH..
after10
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 4:01:12 PM

Restarting this plant! Just giving permison for a place for a disater to happen.What a waste of money that could have been otherwise spent on allternative sources of energy.
evpark
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:56:04 PM

It's California.... what do you want?
TheThorn
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:55:59 PM

haate to hear that. wonder if the parts were under warranty?
TXGasPriceSpy
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:53:58 PM

Another reason not to live in CA.
BIGREDNM
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:50:48 PM

Just more BS at the tax payers expense.
jb107
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:50:41 PM

How much of that are we going to have to pay?
wshutton
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:50:13 PM

How much CO2 has this plant produced?
truckpdlr
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:48:26 PM

And gas prices??
stevencr
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:46:33 PM

Back in the seventies power companies were claiming that electricity generated by nuclear energy would be to cheap to meter. I guess they were wrong.
DutchTreatMI
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:43:58 PM

That sounds like a lot of money to shut down a nuclear power plant.
mia3bxs
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:37:49 PM

It costs that much to retire a power plant???
CarpenterNJ
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:33:56 PM

What a waste...
WillyG
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:30:34 PM

Oh well . . .
BobbyVA
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:29:34 PM

Nuclear Power Plants are the way to go, look at France with 94% nuclear power electric production.
tomok
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:29:05 PM

Costs for San Onofre nuclear power plant shutdown exceed $550 million. It may be time to shut this nuclear power plant down, retire it and limit the losses. Routine inspections and maintenance upgrades when necessary! Is it time to replace it with natural gas to generate that electrical power? Don't let Sneakers666 hear about this, he may give it huge amounts of taxpayer money and keep runing this country into the ground.
Drive vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
agent0077
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:28:44 PM

Ok
Kato51
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:27:41 PM

Effective maintenance is need and the cost is borne by them. Nothing from Boma.
GManCo
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:26:33 PM

Get it fixed. We need all the nuclear power plants we have and probably more.
ItisAJeepThing
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:26:22 PM

A nuclear power plant shouldn't have been built at that location in the first place. So. Cal. Edison made a lot of money from operating it, they need to pay all costs now, not the government.
1fuelish1
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:25:17 PM

What do you expect when you get something built by the lowest bidder?
goblueia
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:25:14 PM

And who pays for this?....
BuddhaB
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:24:00 PM

Better ask Homer Simpson what he would do....
TimTim
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:21:19 PM

wow, that's lot of $$$ ... :(
Neely8
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:20:57 PM

All nuke power should be shut down -- it's costly and dangerous.
YLHandyman
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:20:34 PM

Just a tiny radiation leak...
1Casey
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:20:00 PM

?
biggyhy
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:19:46 PM

and guess who is going to bear the cost of this
032946
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:19:23 PM

that is what happens when they don't inspect and do the proper maintenance.
rjd1608
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:18:52 PM

OK
jimmy544
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:14:58 PM

San Onofre has been a real problem in every way. It is built on questionable ground the San Andreas fault is nearby and locals have criticized the construction from the very beginning. It would be cheaper to replace the reactor with a natural gas plant. Nuclear plants are cheap to run but they are very, very expensive to build and even more expensive to shut down. No insurance company will insure one because of Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukishima only the government. Economics will close all of these plants and the government will be stuck with the cleanup costs. Souther Cal. Edison may be bankrupted by San Onofre.
JMW1942
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:14:06 PM

Not any more than the waste at Solyndra which produces nothing. Go for higher electric cost California, you jerks.
BumpinButch
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:11:08 PM

Wants more Money for Nothing.....
TBRR
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:09:37 PM

old technology being still used. needs to be upgraded and put back on line.
Ken825
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 3:04:26 PM

Yowzer
DragonLady76
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 2:54:51 PM

OUCH!
TAT36
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 2:52:13 PM

How will they pay for repairs or the shut down. Will the state of California step in and help? Even if the wanted to where would they get the money? More taxes?
drz614
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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 2:50:53 PM

why can't they fix it? seems cheaper than building new....
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