San Onofre to auction nuclear plant items

SAN ONOFRE - How would a horizontal boring mill look in your living room? Or perhaps a sliding bed lathe in your garage? If you're looking for a piece of nuclear history, you have options.

“You'll have a lot of people who want souvenirs from an auction of this kind,” said Roy Gamityan, president of MRI Auctions, which is preparing to auction off items from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

The 3-day auction, which is scheduled for March 26-28, will involve more than 4,000 items.

Some of the items come from the non-nuclear side of the plant, which turned the heat into electricity. Other items include hand tools, power saws and things that would belong in a garage.

“I think it'll be a conversation piece," Gamityan said. "I bought a drill press from the San Onofre auction sale."

While it's unknown if the auction revenues will impact energy bills, Southern California Edision said the auction will help rate payers.

“The revenues technically reduce what the rate payers owe investors for the plant,” said SCE spokeswoman Maureen Brown.

For more information on the auction, visit mriauctions.com/current-auctions/

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