Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) issued the following statement on the announcement that Southern California Edison would permanently close the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station:
“From the day the leaks in the steam generators were first discovered, I have said that all decisions about the future of San Onofre should be guided by safety. After more than a year of investigation and analysis by both Edison and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the company determined that San Onofre should be permanently decommissioned.
“While this was a difficult decision—and substitute power may be more expensive for California ratepayers—I firmly believe this is the right thing to do for the more than 7 million Californians who live within 50 miles of San Onofre. There was too much uncertainty in restarting San Onofre at this time, and I commend Southern California Edison for selecting the safest option for Southern California.”