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Calif. blackouts possible with nuke plant offline
chron.com ^ | Friday, June 8, 2012 | MICHAEL R. BLOOD,

Posted on 06/08/2012 7:27:27 AM PDT by BenLurkin

Southern California utility officials are warning that blackouts in the region are possible this summer as a result of the sidelined San Onofre nuclear power plant.

The damaged plant is likely to remain sidelined until at least the end of August while investigators probe excessive wear in tubing that carries radioactive water, the plant's operator said Thursday.

The officials say that if a heat wave hits while the twin-reactor plant is offline, rotating blackouts are a possibility. Utilities have been scrambling to find replacement power as a precaution, including restarting two retired natural gas-fired plants in Orange County.

Edison spokeswoman Jennifer Manfre said it's likely the plant between San Diego and Los Angeles will remain shuttered at least through August.

The trouble began to unfold in January, when the Unit 3 reactor was shut down as a precaution after a tube break. Traces of radiation escaped at the time, but officials said there was no danger to workers or neighbors. Unit 2 had been taken offline earlier that month for maintenance, but investigators later found unexpected wear on hundreds of tubes in both units.

Edison initially targeted a June restart for at least one of the twin reactors. A tentative plan called for restarting and running the seaside reactors at lower power, at least for several months, because engineers believe that will ease vibration that could be eroding tubes.

The NRC has said there is no timetable to restart the reactors, which were replaced in 2009 and 2010 in a $670 million overhaul.

About 7.4 million Californians live within 50 miles of San Onofre, which can power 1.4 million homes.

Safety issues at the plant have attracted congressional scrutiny, and some officials in nearby communities have been calling for San Onofre to shut down permanently.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; US: California
KEYWORDS: blackouts; democrats; electricity; energy

1 posted on 06/08/2012 7:27:35 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Rotating blackouts in Southern California in August? The police will be busy.


2 posted on 06/08/2012 7:31:49 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: BenLurkin

Completely impossible - Solar & Wind will save the day!


3 posted on 06/08/2012 7:32:07 AM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: BenLurkin

This is unacceptable in the 21st century...


4 posted on 06/08/2012 7:32:42 AM PDT by TSgt (The only reason I have one in the chamber at all times, is because it is impossible to have two in.)
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5 posted on 06/08/2012 7:34:25 AM PDT by TSgt (The only reason I have one in the chamber at all times, is because it is impossible to have two in.)
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To: BenLurkin

But, but with all these green energy plants built, I thought that our power needs were dealt with! Aren’t we saving enough with the incandescent bulbs banned???

Yet another failure in green energy.


6 posted on 06/08/2012 7:34:59 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: BenLurkin

The lefties will be happy until they’re chokin’ in the heat.


7 posted on 06/08/2012 7:37:53 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: BenLurkin

California continues it’s slide into Third World communist police state.


8 posted on 06/08/2012 7:37:53 AM PDT by Lazamataz (People who resort to Godwin's Law are just like Hitler.)
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To: BenLurkin
O’h the Birkenstock of Democrat rule on their necks. Greetings California brothers, we slaves in Illinois send you our greetings.
9 posted on 06/08/2012 7:39:06 AM PDT by Hans
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To: BenLurkin

Black is the new gray.


10 posted on 06/08/2012 7:39:20 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: BenLurkin

A balanced, accurate and informative article about SONGS-2/3.


11 posted on 06/08/2012 7:44:31 AM PDT by kidd
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To: TSgt

In the past Westinghouse built steam generators in Pensacola, FL. That plant was closed long ago. Now the equipment has to be sourced from overseas. I’m curious what tube material they used.

Supposedly water chemistry porblems were the cause of the original steam generator tube failures. That’s been known for quite a while. It’ll be interesting to find out what happened at San Onofre this time around.


12 posted on 06/08/2012 7:49:14 AM PDT by meatloaf (Support Senate S 1863 & House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: bill1952

Exactly, with all the solar panels and wind mills out in the desert, we should be able to sustain this with ease... Maybe Obama will come out and campaign during a brown out, and tell every one how great green energy is...


13 posted on 06/08/2012 8:03:45 AM PDT by JoanneSD (TEA PARTY VERSES TEE TIME)
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Electricity is dangerous and California will be safer without it. Without the bright lights at night Californian can return to the habits of their hunter-shopper ancestors.

Down with electricity! If you can't see the stuff, you don't need it!

14 posted on 06/08/2012 8:17:39 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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I agree. The greenies should be forced to give up the use of all electricity created using nuclear energy, petroleum products, coal, and hydro - regardless of where the electricity is generated. And wind because the windmill farms kill birds. And solar because it creates micro environmental changes.


15 posted on 06/08/2012 8:30:48 AM PDT by Pecos (Constitution? Oh, you mean that thing we USED to have.)
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To: BenLurkin

So the State will shut off our power, in the meantime they are releasing thousands and thousands of convicts, unsupervised, no parole, into the general public on a weekly basis and then they make it a Felony to just about even Own a Gun let alone use it, thereby guaranteeing your ARREST and prosecution for Daring to Defend Yourself. One seriously F**ked Up State


16 posted on 06/08/2012 8:44:41 AM PDT by eyeamok
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To: Pecos

California keeps losing capacity and the green folks may turn a brown out brown.


17 posted on 06/08/2012 8:58:10 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: BenLurkin

Oh not to worry.. Our fine esteemed politicos fixed our energy crisis years ago.. They ENRON-ified us from future blackouts..

Ya get what ya vote for, California.. Crap!


18 posted on 06/08/2012 9:11:16 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: count-your-change

I had forgotten about that aspect. Maybe the moral of the story is “Be careful what you wish for.”


19 posted on 06/08/2012 9:46:01 AM PDT by Pecos (Constitution? Oh, you mean that thing we USED to have.)
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To: BenLurkin

Calling ENRON...


20 posted on 06/08/2012 9:53:35 AM PDT by Sixpackplymouth
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Calif. blackouts possible,why not we already have Brown outs.
No jobs,no money,no chance.............


21 posted on 06/08/2012 10:07:28 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: BenLurkin

Well, how convenient is THAT ... when they just finished installing their “smart” meters all over the place.


22 posted on 06/08/2012 10:57:24 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: JoanneSD
Maybe Obama will come out and campaign during a brown out...

I'm looking forward to a brown out-- a brown clown out, of the Office of the President.

23 posted on 06/08/2012 11:48:08 AM PDT by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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