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SONGS Decommissioning Panel Named, Includes Local Stakeholders

It’s been awhile since we’ve talked about San Onofre, but Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric have named the members of the SONGS Decommissioning Panel that will oversee the safe decommissioning of the shuttered nuclear facility. Courtesy of the Dana Point Times:

Lisa Bartlett, Tim Brown and Sam Allevato, the mayors of [...]

Update on SONGS Shutdown and Expenses

Southern California Edison has created a communications channel to share information and updates with the surrounding community regarding the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating facility. From Edison:

Southern California Edison (SCE) announced June 7, 2013 that it will permanently retire Units 2 and 3 of its San Onofre nuclear plant. SCE concluded that [...]

Ladera Ranch Civic Council Meeting on Monday, July 22

The Ladera Ranch Civic Council will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 7 PM at the Santa margarita Water District Building on Antonio Parkway. According to the Civic Council, Monday’s agenda will include:


The Council will feature a presentation from Steve Nelson on the closing of the San Onofre [...]

Wow! SCE Announces that San Onofre will be Closed

Given all of its recent troubles, certainly the eventual closure of San Onofre was a possibility. But we had no idea that it would happen so soon, or that the decision would be made by SCE (albeit in response to a series of adverse regulatory rulings). Yet, today, that’s what SCE (co-owner of the nuclear [...]

Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Hold Public Meeting Regarding the Restart of San Onofre

It has been almost a year since San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station was shut down on January 31, 2012 due to a leak in Reactor 3. A subsequent investigation of the plant revealed substantial degradation in the plant’s steam tubes — components that are critical for the plant’s safe operation. Any leak in the steam [...]

Leak Discovered at San Onofre

The San Juan Capistrano Patch is reporting that the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station have identified another leak. Acccording to the story:

Workers at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station are set to replace a pipe fitting after routine maintenance turned up a small hydrogen gas leak in Unit 2 at the plant.

And from [...]

LA Times on San Onofre Safety Concerns

The Los Angeles Times reports on the growing safety concerns relating to the San Onofre nuclear plant. An excerpt:

Concern over the safety of the San Onofre nuclear power plant is growing among Orange County cities closest to the facility, which has been shut down since January because of system failures. Officials in nearby San [...]

San Onofre Shut Down Indefinitely

The San Juan Capistrano Patch reports that:

The troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant will stay shut down until the cause of January’s radioactive steam leak is fully diagnosed and fixed, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission ordered Tuesday in a letter to Southern California Edison.

According to the letter itself:

“This Confirmatory Action Letter formalizes commitments [...]