By Jim Shilander
Last week, the two majority owners of the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station announced a number of principles they hope will make the decommissioning process more open to the community, addressing concerns specific to the power plant’s spent fuel.
Among the principles announced by Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric was an immediate goal to expeditiously move nuclear fuel into dry cask storage. This form of storage, which is considered safer and easier to transport than the fuel’s storing location in cooling pools. The announcement also asked the federal government to step up efforts to find a national nuclear waste repository.
The utilities also committed to creating a Community Engagement Panel, which will be made up of elected representatives from nearby cities and counties, as well as military personnel, environmentalists and other stakeholders.
Members of the citizen panel have yet to be named.