- - Monday, May 7, 2012

LOS ANGELES — The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday there is no timetable for restarting the sidelined San Onofre nuclear plant on the Southern California coast and a federal review of its troubled tubing will take whatever time is necessary to complete.

The statement from Chairman Gregory B. Jaczko came just days after a senior executive for operator Southern California Edison disclosed that the company was hoping for a possible June restart.

The twin reactors have been offline for more than three months while investigators look into excessive wear on tubing in the plant’s steam generators.

The agency is waiting for documentation on repairs and other work at the plant.

“Any discussion of a date for the restart of Unit 2 or Unit 3 is clearly premature,” Mr. Jaczko said. “We will take whatever time is necessary to conduct a thorough safety review.”

A restart would require federal approval.

Last week, Edison Executive Vice President Stephen E. Pickett said the company was looking at the possible June restart. The company is drafting a plan under which the twin reactors would run at reduced power, at least for several months, because engineers think that will solve a problem with vibration that has been causing unusual wear in alloy tubing.

Costs related to the long-running shutdown could climb over $100 million, company officials said, and state officials have warned about possible rotating blackouts in Southern California with the reactors offline.

PENNSYLVANIA

AG changes Sandusky shower allegation date to ‘01

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania prosecutors in Jerry Sandusky’s child sexual abuse case say they now think the alleged assault that ultimately led to football coach Joe Paterno’s firing took place a year earlier than they first claimed.

The attorney general’s office said in a Monday filing that investigators concluded the alleged attack on a young boy in the football team showers took place around Feb. 9, 2001.

A grand jury report issued before the former Penn State assistant coach’s arrest in November dated it March 1, 2002.

A graduate assistant complained to Paterno of seeing the boy in the shower naked with Mr. Sandusky. Trustees fired Paterno partly because he didn’t notify police after hearing about the encounter.

Prosecutors have said they don’t know who the boy was. Mr. Sandusky has denied the charges.

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