We’ve become pretty used to the existence of the San Onofre nuclear power plant up near the Orange County border, and now we’re becoming used to it just sitting there not doing anything. Since January, the plant has been shut down.
What went wrong? And will the plant ever reopen? Our environmental reporter Rob Davis tells the dramatic story of the leak that closed San Onofre, the plant’s long history of safety warnings, and the disastrous problems that led to January’s ongoing trouble.
Now we wait: For the nuclear power plant managers to figure out if they can restore the plant to service, for the late-summer heat to flare up and test an electricity-starved Southern California power system, and for nuclear power critics to see if they can produce enough public outcry to shutter San Onofre for good.