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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]