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Undercurrents: SONGS Onsite Waste Suit Settled

30 Aug

A settlement of the lawsuit over expanding onsite storage of spent nuclear fuel at the San Onofre Nuclear Station was reached Aug. 28. “A cooperative effort between the public, independent experts and Southern California Edison has begun and will continue until the nuclear waste is removed from San Diego,” said attorney Michael Aguirre, representing plaintiff […]

Juice: While We Were Gone

21 Aug

No big breaking energy news occurred during our brief summer hiatus, but there were notable energy-related developments, including the release of cost estimates of using alternative clean energy resources in place of the Puente gas power project, a restart of the controversial Yucca Mountain high-level radioactive waste dump license proceeding, and a push by Southern […]

Undercurrents: Nuclear Waste Gains Focus

1 Jun

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission reactivated the Yucca Mountain radioactive dump licensing process May 31, angering many. “Restarting the licensing process for Yucca Mountain would reach new heights of scientific irresponsibility,” said U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA). He pointed to the two fault lines at the Nevada site, noting hundreds of nearby earthquakes over the last […]

Undercurrents: PG&E Resorts to Ex Parte Tactics on Diablo Decommissioning Decision

10 May

Pacific Gas & Electric will meet next Monday, May 15, in commissioners’ offices at the California Public Utilities Commission to lobby against an administrative law judge’s proposed decision to grant it $2.3 billion of ratepayer money for decommissioning its Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. The decision cut the utility’s original request by $1.5 billion. Matt […]

Controversial Yucca Mountain Bill Gets Another Airing

26 Apr

During a hearing on federal legislation seeking to restart the effort to create a permanent radioactive waste dump at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, troubling issues were raised. During an April 26 House Energy & Commerce Environment Subcommittee hearing, concerns were aired over provisions sidelining state rights and tying the fate of a long-term repository with an […]

The Buzz

13 Apr

Eggs gathered in Current’s Easter news basket include approval of two controversial and large natural gas project redos along the SoCal coast. The California Energy Commission unanimously approved the Huntington & Alamitos replacement projects, which are to be cooled with air, not seawater-cooled. On the agenda at this week’s Energy Commission post business meeting closed […]

Undercurrents: Possible Settlement on Nuke Waste

12 Apr

In a move that grabbed headlines in Southern California but may not amount to much, a group agreed April 7 to settle a suit to block Southern California Edison from expanding nuclear waste dry cask storage facilities at its closed down San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. With the lack of any long-term repository for spent […]


31 Jan

California’s snow pack is “very robust,” Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program, reported Feb. 2. The Department of Water Resources measured a snow water equivalence of 28.1 inches at the Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada, far surpassing 6 inches found on Jan. 3.  After taking measurements at 101 stations, DWR […]

JUICE: Nuclear Waste Dump Revival

3 Nov

  Last Saturday, a Native American chief drove a stake into the ground as a symbol of protest against continuing to store radioactive nuclear waste onsite at the closed down San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in San Diego County. (more…)

Assembly Utilities Committee Passes Nuclear Storage, Tariff Bills

16 Jun

A state Senate joint resolution urging the “prompt and safe” relocation of spent nuclear fuel from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to an unidentified interim consolidated storage facility was passed unanimously by the Assembly’s Utilities & Commerce Committee June 15. (more…)

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Radioactive Waste Storage at Nuclear Power Plants

9 Jun

The District Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit June 3 denied a group of states’ call to reject the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s rule allowing continued onsite storage of radioactive waste at nuclear power plants. (more…)

SONGS $4.4 B Decommissioning Cost Estimate Delayed by CPUC

7 Apr

The California Public Utilities Commission is proposing to deem as “reasonable” Southern California Edison’s $4.4 billion estimate to decommission the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station over the next 35 years. Edison, operator and majority owner, and San Diego Gas & Electric, have collected from ratepayers $3.37 billion in their decommission trusts for the SONGS […]

NRC: Yucca Mountain Contamination Threat Minor

17 Sep

Any potential impacts that a proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, would have on local groundwater would be “small,” claims a supplement to the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed site discussed this week. (more…)

San Diego County Wants San Onofre Waste Removed

31 Jul

San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors is planning a lobbying campaign to get spent fuel at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station moved to a permanent storage facility outside the county. (more…)

Edison Ups Ante in San Onofre Arbitration

31 Jul

Southern California Edison has upped by $3.5 billion the amount of damages it’s seeking from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for losses from the failed steam generators at its San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station made by the Japanese company. (more…)

Edison Gets Break on Emergency Preparedness at Closed San Onofre

18 Jun

In light of its permanent closure, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission eased emergency preparedness requirements at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. (more…)


12 Jun

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace called for an immediate shut down of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Generating plant June 10 after discovering that 19 of 34 dry casks holding spent high burnup fuel were “improperly” loaded at the site. “In 56 percent of the dry casks now stored on the fragile, earthquake-prone coastline at […]

Diablo Disaster Funding Extension Makes Way

30 Apr

A bill requiring Pacific Gas & Electric to continue paying into an account another five years for emergency services for its Diablo Canyon nuclear plant was approved without discussion by the Assembly Utilities & Commerce Committee April 27. (more…)

Nuclear Safety Bills Introduced

17 Apr

Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) reintroduced three bills April 15 to enhance safety and security measures at decommissioned nuclear plants and at spent fuel storage facilities at operating reactors. (more…)


3 Apr

Mike Florio, California Public Utilities Commission member, was removed as the assigned commissioner on the San Onofre Nuclear Plant proceeding, according to a March 31 announcement by the CPUC chief administrative law judge, Karen Clopton. Commissioner Catherine J.K. Sandoval is now in charge of the proceeding, according to the U-T San Diego. (more…)


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