NRC blames Mitsubishi for damages at San Onofre nuclear

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said Mitsubishi Heavy Industries was responsible for the failures that led to the permanent closure of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

The NRC issued a preliminary public notice September 23 that said MHI’s computer models did not detect vibrations that badly damaged a system of steam generators that was also built by MHI.

Prior to the NRC’s notice, plant operator Southern California Edison (SCE) has released statements directly blaming MHI for the damage to the plant and demanding millions in restitution. SCE spent nearly $140 million investigating the failure, according to the utility company.

The NRC also said SCE parent company Edison International’s failure to catch the design flaw that led to the damage constituted a low to moderate safety violation.

MHI has 30 days to reply to the NRC’s preliminary notice. Edison International has 10 days.

No fines were proposed in the notice, but the notice is preliminary.

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