"Edison To Lay Off 730 Workers at San Onofre"

"Southern California Edison announced plans to cut nearly one-third of its workforce at the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant, raising new questions about whether the plant will ever return to full operations."

"The planned reduction of about 730 employees announced Monday will bring the plant's staffing down to 1,500. Details of the cuts will be worked out later this year, company officials said.

Edison said in a statement that the company had begun plans to downsize more than two years ago after concluding that San Onofre's staffing and costs were "significantly higher" than at similar nuclear plants.

In documents filed with the California Public Utilities Commission in 2010, the company outlined a projected reduction of 500 workers by October 2012. No staffing cuts have actually taken place since then, Edison spokeswoman Jennifer Manfre said."

Abby Sewell reports for the Los Angeles Times August 21, 2012.

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Source: LA Times, 08/21/2012