NRC Ends San Onofre Restart Proceedings

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission unanimously decided December 5 to end proceedings to restart the San Onofre plant. The commission vacated a lower licensing board decision that considered such a restart. Southern California Edison had announced in June that it would retire the plant.

Report Comparing U.S.-Japanese Regulations

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission released on December 6. The report, with information that had been requested by Republicans at a House Energy and Commerce joint subcommittee hearing in February, compared U.S. and Japanese regulations at the time of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster in 2011. It said Japanese requirements did not ask for specifics beyond design basis events like terrorist attacks.