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A view of SONGS from Upper Trestles. Photo: Andrea Swayne
A view of SONGS from Upper Trestles. Photo: Andrea Swayne

By Eric Heinz 

The San Onofre Community Engagement Panel, an 18-member panel that meets to discuss the decommissioning and ongoing operations of the offline San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, will be presented with information about state approvals and the environmental review of SONGS decommissioning on March 24 at the CEP quarterly meeting in Oceanside.

Officials with Southern California Edison will provide an overview of the upcoming environmental permitting process for decommissioning.

A representative from the California State Lands Commission, which is the lead state agency overseeing the environmental review of the decommission process, will preview the California Environmental Quality Act requirements and process. The commission is seeking the advice of an environmental consultant to help prepare an environmental impact report, which is required by CEQA, and will host a public scoping meeting on the report as part of the public involvement process.

“We encourage our neighbors and stakeholders to attend this important Community Engagement Panel discussion about state environmental oversight and preparations to dismantle San Onofre,” Tom Palmisano, chief nuclear officer and vice president of decommissioning for SCE, said in a press release.

During the meeting, Palmisano is expected to provide an update on decommissioning preparations and storage of used nuclear fuel.

On March 15, a U.S. House of Representatives bill known as the Interim Consolidated Storage Act of 2016, which would allow for the consolidated interim storage of spent nuclear fuel, was introduced and will be sent to a congressional committee.  The bill is sponsored by U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-South Carolina, and is co-sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California.

Members are expected to discuss their support for this provision at the meeting, the release stated.

There will be a public comment period and the meeting will be live-streamed at

The CEP meeting is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 at the QLN Center, 1938 Avenida Del Oro, in Oceanside. Staffed information booths will be open from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit

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  • please get it off the beach,,

    should have never started using it as a fuel with no end game

  • @ George Gregory

    US nuclear plants used to reprocess their fuel (take the used fuel and make new fuel from it to be used again) just like they do in a number of other countries. However, Jimmy Carter outlawed it (a foolish decision) and the deal made at the time was that the government would build a repository for all the used nuclear fuel. Yucca Mt. was the chosen site and predictably, anti-nukes opposed it before the first spade of earth was turned. As Enrique Romero pointed out above, Harry Reid and Obama defunded Yucca Mt. thus reneging on the deal made between the government and the nuclear industry. Blame Carter, Reid, Obama, and the anti-nukes, not the industry who has kept up their end of the deal.

    To further elaborate, in a quid pro quo deal between Reid and Obama where Reid would help Obama get elected, Obama appointed Reid’s personal science advisor, Gregory Jaczko, to the chairmanship of the NRC and he promptly defunded Yucca Mt.

  • thank you for the info
    still its job security for these so called experts with no end game in sight and has become a 10 thousand year welfare recipient
    also even refining has toxic radioactive waste also, and should not be trusted to the private sector with no end game

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