SAN DIEGO - Team 10 obtained an internal video showing senior management at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) dressed as Star Trek characters inside the plant's training simulator.
Southern California Edison (SCE), owners of the plant, confirm the video was made in 2010. The production occurred at roughly the same time plans were in motion to replace steam generators at SONGS. Those generators have been shut down since January 2012 following a radiation leak.
The video, called "SONGS Trek", features former chief nuclear officer Ross Ridenoure. He plays Captain Kirk. Ridenoure no longer works at SONGS.
Ridenoure works for a private company now, and his office staff said he works in the Middle East. Team10 emails and calls to Ridenoure have not been returned.
SCE said the manager who approved the video no longer works at the plant, but would not confirm that manager was Ridenoure.
"So many safety hazards lieutenants, are you prepared to get us out of our current situation?" Ridenour asks in the video.
San Onofre's current vice president and station manager is also in the video. Doug Bouder played Ridenour's commander.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission was unaware of the video until Team 10 asked for comment on it.
“We will be reviewing the video,” said NRC spokesman Victor Dricks when first shown the video. Dricks later said the NRC found production of the video posed no safety hazard.
Federal regulators are considering a request by SCE to restart San Onofre at 70 percent power.
A source inside the plant who requested anonymity said workers found the spoof video inappropriate.
"Supposedly it was for training," the source said. "How that fits in and how that works for training, your guess is as good as mine."
Other inside sources recently told Team 10 the nuclear power plant is not safe to restart.
SCE's spokeswoman said "SONGS Trek" was shot three years ago for an employee recognition event.
The spokeswoman said the video cost $800 to produce and that it was never completed or intended to be public. SCE’s spokeswoman said rate payer money was used to pay for production costs.
She said safety was never compromised.