The Associated Press June 8, 2012, 2:06PM ET

News Summary: The problems with Onofre

HOLLYWOOD LIGHTS?: Southern California utility officials warn that blackouts in the region are possible this summer with the San Onofre nuclear power plant shut down. It will likely remain offline until August during a probe of excessive wear in tubing that carries radioactive water.

LIVE AND FRY IN LA: If a heat wave comes while the twin-reactor plant is offline, rotating blackouts are a possibility. Utilities have been scrambling to find replacement power as a precaution, such as the possibility of bringing two retired natural gas-fired plants in Orange County out of retirement.

FALLEN STAR: About 7.4 million people live within 50 miles of the plant, which can power 1.4 million homes. But safety issues have attracted congressional scrutiny, and some communities have been calling for San Onofre to be shut down for good. The Irvine City Council urged the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to thoroughly review safety conditions at the plant before it is considered for relicensing in 2022.


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