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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 www.songscommunity.com.
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 www.songscommunity.com.