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San Onofre to Cut 730 Jobs

Layoffs will begin this fall, according to Southern California Edison.

Southern California Edison announced Monday that it would pull the plug on about 730 jobs at the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

The reduction will bring the plant's staffing level to about 1,500, according to Edison, which said San Onofre's staff and operating costs were higher than similar plants.

The move to cut costs, which Edison said began two years ago, comes on the heels of other woes at the plant.

San Onofre's two active : one for planned repairs and the other after a faulty piece of equipment leaked a small amount of radioactive steam. The leak led to the discovery that many more tubes were wearing out more quickly than expected.

There are no official scheduled restart dates for the plant.

In announcing its planned staffing reduction, Edison noted that plant's troubles "require that SCE be prudent with its future spending while SCE and regulators review the long-term viability of the nuclear plant. The reality is that the Unit 3 reactor will not be operating for some time.

"Deliberate steps will be taken over the next year to ensure SONGS is prepared to operate safely and in alignment with SCE's future operating budgets," according to the company.

Edison is expected to make decisions about the plant's organizational structure by late October.

-- City News Service

Charles August 21, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Bummer. That is a lot of fairly high paying jobs being lost. Your neighbors, the folks making mortgage payments in your neighborhood.
Kevin August 21, 2012 at 02:28 PM
RIP San Onofre
Kyle Banashek August 21, 2012 at 03:30 PM
The writing is on the wall...
jeff s August 21, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Probably a lot of early out retirements a sweet severance packages... But for some I'm sure this is.horrible news.. Bummer indeed. Let's turn the plant into a Great Park with and orange balloon!
Bill S August 21, 2012 at 08:52 PM
it will make a super sweet skate park. Dolly Parton by The Sea Skate Park.
george gregory August 21, 2012 at 09:20 PM
new jobs at the new plant and a skate park i like it
Patricia Woodburg August 22, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Welcome CO2 emitters and thanks to the un-educated bunch of run of the retired mill woodstocks, make my city hazier and we are imprisoned indoors honoring the poor air quality. I'm sick of these know nothing self appointed experts.
Frieda Wales August 22, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I hope these people find new jobs, get some re-training. I wonder what level of jobs these are? How transferable are their skills?

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