San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. File photo
San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. File photo

By Eric Heinz

According to a July 15 press release, the San Onofre Community Engagement Panel will discuss safe storage of used nuclear fuel and emergency planning during the panel’s quarterly meeting Thursday, July 23 in Oceanside.

Representatives from Southern California Edison and Holtec International will discuss the defense approach to storing and managing used nuclear fuel.

“SCE has selected Holtec to expand San Onofre’s storage of used nuclear fuel in a robust, below-ground facility,” the release stated. “The panel was formed to advise the co-owners of the San Onofre nuclear plant on decommissioning the facility and to foster public education and involvement during decommissioning.”

Guest speakers at the meeting will include Sara Kaminske of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, who will discuss the responsibilities of off-site emergency responders. SONGS emergency plan was downgraded in June to a more flexible emergency planning.

SCE announced in June 2013 that it would retire San Onofre Units 2 and 3 and has begun the process to decommission the facility.

The meeting is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the QLN Conference Center, 1938 Avenida Del Oro, in Oceanside. The press release stated there will be a public comment period, and the meeting will be live-streamed at www.songscommunity.com.

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