The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will conduct a special inspection at the site of the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant, after a near-accident earlier this month while moving highly radioactive spent fuel.
A team of inspectors from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will arrive Sept. 10 and spend about a week at the power plant. They will review what happened when a canister loaded with radioactive spent fuel got stuck while being lowered into a storage vault. It narrowly avoided being dropped 18 feet.
The near-accident was revealed during a community engagement panel by safety inspector David Fritch.
"There were gross errors on the part of two individuals that are inexplicable," said Fritch.
Tom Palmisano, chief nuclear officer of Southern California Edison, called the event “a serious near miss.”