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Calif. watchdog demands $648M returned over nuclear plant closure

California's utility ratepayer advocate is recommending that the disclosure of backdoor negotiations between regulator and utility over the closure of a Southern California nuclear plant result in a refund of $648 million to customers.

Last week, communications emerged between former California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey and an executive at utility Southern California Edison over how much the utility should reimburse customers for the early decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), which stopped operating in 2012 due to mechanical problems.

NUCLEAR POWER:

Key Senate appropriator poised to explore a nuclear-free future

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, is prepared to explore what the United States would be like without its operating nuclear reactors.

Alexander, an outspoken proponent of nuclear, has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday titled, "The United States Without Nuclear Power," featuring the Energy Department's up-and-coming nuclear leader, the Nuclear Energy Institute's senior vice president of governmental affairs, and the president and CEO of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

NUCLEAR:

Boxer continues to throw punches at NRC as her retirement looms

Sen. Barbara Boxer may not wield the Environment and Public Works Committee's gavel any longer, but that's not stopping the Californian from using her position as top Democrat to rail against nuclear regulators.

Boxer accused members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Office of Public Affairs yesterday of circulating an internal memo last August that found Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s two-unit Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in San Luis Obispo County on the Pacific Coast to be "seismically safe."

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The devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan has spawned a major nuclear disaster. E&E examines the implications for energy, the environment, security and public health.

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Scores of nuclear power reactors dot the United States. There are 103 reactors that are licensed to operate and 14 undergoing decommissioning. Many others are in planning stages; the four furthest along in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing process are shown on this map. Click on a site icon for more details on the U.S. NRC website.

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