Inside the Beltway: San Onofre Burial Could- Start This Year

By Published On: October 31, 2014

Decommissioning the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station’s units 2 and 3 could begin by the end of this year, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Southern California Edison, though, isn’t expecting to commence “major dismantlement” work until 2016, according to utility spokesperson Maureen Brown. The federal agency held a meeting in Carlsbad for public feedback on Edison’s proposed “post-shutdown decommissioning” activities Oct. 27. The agency noted it has former experience in decommissioning. That includes the 1,130 MW Trojan plant in Oregon, shut down in 1992, and the 1,000 MW San Onofre unit 1 reactor—although the latter reactor’s vessel remains on site after numerous attempts to ship it to storage facilities. Decommissioning units 2 and 3 is expected to cost $4.4 billion. Ratepayers in California have been paying into a trust fund for the eventual burial. Edison officials claim that there is enough money in the trust to carry out decommissioning, with nuclear waste stored in temporary dry casks on site.

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