Southern California Edison presented its arguments to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for exemptions from several San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station emergency plan-related regulations Sept. 24. While commission staff evaluates those requests, Edison applied for a series of license amendments that would \u201cessentially implement those suggestions,\u201d according to commission spokesperson David McIntyre. \u201cEdison is not asking to be exempted from all emergency preparedness requirements; rather, there are some requirements for operating reactors that may not be necessary for decommissioning plants,\u201d McIntyre added. This follows Edison\u2019s formal filing of its decommissioning plan to the commission Sept. 23. Using the state\u2019s decommissioning trust fund to begin work hinges on that plan. The San Onofre Community Engagement panel noted earlier in September that the sooner the plan is finalized, the sooner the trust fund is set to be available. But, the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility is concerned that Edison could use it as an open purse, noted the organization\u2019s attorney John Geesman. San Onofre should not be exempt from the commission\u2019s emergency response and security regulations, according to a May 1 letter from Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and four other Congressmembers (Current, May 8, 2014). They called the agency\u2019s current exemptions for non-California plants \u201cunacceptable.\u201d The letter noted that four exemptions for San Onofre are under agency review. None were noted for Humboldt Bay, shut in 1976 and still being decommissioned.