House Resolution 3643, which is currently awaiting to be read by committees in the U.S. Congress, would allow for temporary storage of spent nuclear fuel instead of requiring it to be stored at a permanent facility required by current law.
There are facilities that could house the spent fuel instead of requiring it to be stored on-site at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which has been an issue of contention since the closure of the nuclear facility in 2013.
The resolution was brought forth by Texas Rep. Michael Conway and has support from California Rep. Darrell Issa.
During the City Council reports portion of the Jan. 19 meeting, Councilman Tim Brown, who is the vice chairman of the SONGS Community Engagement Panel, said the panel has been trying to find an interim solution for the Department of Energy, which has the overall authority of the spent nuclear fuel.
“About eight months ago, we figured an interim storage facility would be better than a central nationalized storage facility, as we see from Yucca Mountain in Nevada,” Brown said. “I think this is something that is whole community can get behind.”
Brown said he would like the City Council to put together a resolution of support to write letters to advocate for the passage of the resolution. Councilwoman Lori Donchak said she also sent information to surrounding cities