None of our damn business, right? After all, what could possibly go wrong?
An initial round of hearings was set to begin Monday in a California Public Utilities Commission investigation of the costs to ratepayers from the San Onofre nuclear plant’s ongoing outage.
Activists were incensed that a CPUC administrative law judge ruled against allowing videotaping of the hearings, which are set to take place in San Francisco, far from the plant’s location in northern San Diego County.
State law requires the public utilities commission to launch an investigation and consider lowering or refunding rates when a plant has been out of service for nine months. San Onofre’s outage due to faulty equipment has now dragged on for more than a year.
Southern California Edison has requested permission from federal regulators to restart one unit at partial power, but it remains unclear when or if the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will give permission for a restart.
The public utilities commission investigation promises to be a lengthy process.