SCSQUARED halfSan Clemente Times

Southern California Edison said its customers will not pay for the equipment of the nuclear power plant that failed in 2012, eventually leading to the closure of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, according to a filing with the California Public Utilities Commission on July 7.

“The settlement of the San Onofre nuclear plant closure appropriately requires that Southern California Edison customers do not pay for failed equipment provided by Mitsubishi that prompted the closure,” SCE stated in the filing.

On May 9, the CPUC decided to reopen the ruling regarding the distribution of responsibility for the cost of the plant’s decommissioning as well as losses from closing the plant, which cost an estimated $5 billion and would require ratepayers to foot most of that bill. The original settlement was reached in 2014 between San Diego Gas & Electric as well as consumer, environmental and labor activists, but the CPUC and SCE have been under investigation since 2014 after it was disclosed that secret negotiations for the costs took place between the two entities.

The CPUC reopened the case that pinned ratepayers of the utility to examine the equitable responsibility for decommissioning the power plant.

On Tuesday, the California State Lands Commission announced it will begin preparing a draft environmental impact report for decommissioning SONGS from 5-6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, at the Oceanside City Hall, 300 North Coast Highway. Another open house will take place at San Clemente High School from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27.

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