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Tom Palmisano, the vice president of decommissioning for Southern California Edison, speaks to an audience and the California State Lands Commission panel during a draft environmental impact report meeting on July 27 at San Clemente High School. Photo: Eric Heinz
Tom Palmisano, the vice president of decommissioning for Southern California Edison, speaks to an audience and the California State Lands Commission panel during a draft environmental impact report meeting on July 27 at San Clemente High School. Photo: Eric Heinz

By Eric Heinz

During a meeting July 28 at San Clemente High School, representatives of the California State Lands Commission and Southern California Edison, the operator of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, discussed potential future impacts of part of decommissioning. Specifically, the meeting addressed the draft environmental impact report (DEIR) for the decommissioning offshore that’s under the jurisdiction of the California State Lands Commission.

“All the commercial plant decommissioning will remove everything 3 to 10 feet below grade,” said Tom Palmisano, the vice president of decommissioning for Southern California Edison. “It’s less environmentally intrusive rather than digging 60 or 100 feet down to dig up everything. That decision is up to the Navy.”

The public can make comment on the draft environmental impact report project until Aug. 15, which can be found on the State Lands website  To file a comment, contact Cynthia Herzog, senior environmental scientist with California State Lands Commission, at 100 Howe Avenue, Suite 100-South, Sacramento, CA 95825, or by email to CEQAcomments@slc.ca.gov. For more information, call 916.574.1885

Additionally, SCE is working with a large ship that is visible just off the shore of San Clemente to install barriers over offshore cooling water intakes. That work is expected to be completed sometime this week.

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