The Nuclear Regulatory Commission denied November 8 a request by Friends of the Earth and the Natural Resources Defense Council to require Southern California Edison to undergo a formal hearing before restarting the two-unit San Onofre nuclear power plant. The commission referred the issue to the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board and to its technical staff for review and recommendations, but left open the possibility of a future hearing. A public hearing to discuss a restart proposal is scheduled for November 16.