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San Onofre Decommissioning Panel Tonight

Below is an update on tonight’s SONGS Community Engagement Panel meeting:

Southern California Edison will hold a public discussion about the future of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) through a community engagement panel composed of local public officials and community stakeholders. The panel is scheduled to discuss emergency planning related to the decommissioning [...]

SONGS Community Engagement Panel Meeting Tonight

There are lots of opportunities to the public to get involved in important civic affairs this week. If you are concerned about the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, there is a SONGS community engagement panel meeting scheduled for tonight. Details below:

The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) will host a public [...]

Patch has Latest on SONGS Shut Down Expenses

The Patch has the latest on the debate surrounding responsibility for the costs of shutting down and decommissioning the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station. From the article:

A proposed settlement reached today would relieve customers of Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric of paying $1.4 billion in utility charges related to steam [...]

Public Invited to SONGS Decommissioning Meeting

The public is invited to the first meeting of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Community Engagement Panel tomorrow, March 25, 2014. The meeting will be held from 6-9 PM at the San Clemente Community Center. More information is available below:

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 [...]