Southern California Edison (SCE) intends to reopen its San Onofre nuclear power plant in California, a year after a radiation leak led to the closure of the facility.

The company, which owns the majority of the power station along with San Diego Gas & Electric and the City of Riverside, said it issafe to re-open the facility, reports NBC Anglese

The utility said safety remains its top priority. SCE plans to restart one of the two reactors to provide "reliable and clean energy to Southern Californians."

The energy supplier would not operate the reactor at full strength, rather it would be used at 70% of its capacity. SCE also promises to shut the facility for inspection within 150 days of restarting.

A public hearing on SCE’s proposal for the plant is scheduled to be held on 12 February in Capistrano Beach by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.