On 7 June 2013 Southern California Edison (SCE
) announced that despite a spending of over $500 million on repairs and replacement power they would permanently close units two and three at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS
). The decision comes after a 16 month battle to restart. Unit 1 at the station was closed in 1992. Californian Senator Barbara Boxer, Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, said
of the decision: “This nuclear plant had a defective redesign and could no longer operate as intended. Modifications to the San Onofre nuclear plant were unsafe and posed a danger to the eight million people living within 50 miles of the plant”. When announcing the closure Ron Litzinger, SCE’s President said
: “We think that our decision to retire the units will eliminate uncertainty and facilitate orderly planning for California’s energy future.” The closure of the SONGS
, follows shortly after the closure of the Kewaunee reactor
in May 2013.