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SAN DIEGO (CN) - San Diego Gas & Electric Co. blames Mitsubishi for the planned decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, claiming the Japanese company made and sold it $135 million worth of steam generators that began leaking radioactive coolant in their first year of service.
SDG&E 18 sued Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems in Superior Court, for fraud, negligence, breach of contract and other charges.
SDG&E and the City of Riverside are minority owners of the plant, which is north of San Diego on the coast. The plant provided energy to 1.4 million homes in Southern California.
The Wall Street Journal last week estimated that losses from the plant's closure could come to more than $4 billion.
Source: Courthouse News
After the Nuclear Regulatory Commission found the new generators non-compliant, Mitsubishi said it would take at least one year to replace them, SDG&E says.
One solution involved inserting thicker anti-vibration bars into the generators, but SDG&E claims Mitsubishi has "not provided adequate scientific evidence that the plan would function safely, effectively, or that it would be approved by the NRC [Nuclear Regulatory Commission]."
Edison announced in June that it would permanently retire the two nuclear reactors.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
reply to post by SirMike
I'll just have to disagree. I thought much the same way about 1:Million odds being long enough to reap the benefits of what the plants bring. I still would if they were built outside the MOST dangerous places our nation can possibly offer for the effort. They have none dead center in the New Madrid Zone (How kind of them) but the two built along California's coast line are sheer lunacy.
It's not so much that nuclear power is bad by nature. It's not. Handled with solid technology and care beyond greed? It's probably the best tech man has to develop for energy needs. It's a shame we'll never see that advance as long as we're watching accidents and screw ups from that greed though. It was far easier and cheaper to build them ON the water than build the pipeline infrastructure necessary to keep them full on coolant, miles inland. :shk:
For that, we get to hope, pray and just pretend like Tsunami's and natural disasters which could wipe out a place like Diablo Canyon only happened in the distant past..and of course, can never happen again.
*Fukushima blew enough downwind to likely wipe out a good % of the Japanese national population if downwind hadn't been out to sea.
Power plants are built where people need power and the infrastructure and utilities exist to support them. That’s why plants are built on the coast.
Optimizing a design isn’t “greed”, it’s the only way a project goes forward because without optimization nothing would ever be built.
That’s the purpose of risk assessment and risk management. At some point in time an earthquake or tsunami powerful enough to critically damage the plant will occur, but the estimated frequency is so low that the risk of such an event is acceptable.
No, actually it didn’t.