Mitsubishi provided only “conceptual” proposals--for example, one proposal would have required workers to perform first-of-a-kind repairs in radioactive, confined areas as narrow as18 inches, with specialty tools that did not yet exist.
Mitsubishi, like the manufacturer of a “lemon” automobile, was unable to fix the defects in its product because they were so fundamental and pervasive. In this circumstance, SCE claims that the limitations are not enforceable, and Mitsubishi is therefore responsible for the full measure of damages incurred by SCE, the other SONGS owners and their customers.
UPDATE -- Saturday, July, 20, 2013.
Further actions have, as could have been expected, occurred relative to this story.
San Diego Electric & Gas, also a part owner of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, has announced its own lawsuit against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Read about this action here.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has responded to the SCE action already; read about this here.
BACKGROUND LINKS -- added Saturday, July 20, 2013
The announcement that San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station would be retired was made by Southern California Edison on June 7, 2013. Click here for the release.
In March, some redacted documents were released by the NRC, and I produced my analysis of the findings in a very detailed post; click here to see that post. This post also contains eight essential links to background information on the whole SONGS steam generator issue, including the popular steam generator articles on Atomic Power Review. If this topical situation is new to you, you won't want to miss all of these links.