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San Onofre nuclear plant may restart by end of year

An aerial shot shows the San Onofre nuclear power plant in this undated file photo.

August 1, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The damaged twin reactors at the San Onofre nuclear power plant could be running by the end of the year.

Southern California Edison notified regulators last week that one of the damaged reactors, Unit 2, could be back in service Nov. 18 and the other, Unit 3, by Dec. 31.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission must approve any plans to reopen the power plant. It has been closed since January after a tube break in a steam generator released traces of radiation.

A three-month federal probe blamed a botched computer analysis for generator design flaws that ultimately resulted in excessive wear to scores of alloy tubes.

Meantime, officials said Tuesday that the tab for the long-running crisis at the nuclear power plant has hit at least $165 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.