A little-noticed Nuclear Regulatory Commission meeting to discuss ongoing decommissioning efforts at the 65 MW Humboldt Bay nuclear plant in Eureka focused on the physical, not the financial efforts to bury the facility. \tThe owner, Pacific Gas & Electric, plans to sink 680-foot slurry walls about 170 feet down into the ocean floor. When that\u2019s done, the remaining radioactive materials are set to be removed from the reactor, according to meeting observer Shannon Perkins, a Eureka filmmaker. \tRepeated requests for information from the NRC hosts of the meeting were not returned. \tThe facility cost $60 million to build in 1963. It\u2019s now estimated it will cost $982.4 million to decommission, PG&E noted in regulatory filings. The plant was shut down in 1976 due to its close proximity to three earthquake faults. While funds have been collected in a trust account for the facility\u2019s radioactive burial since 1985, it is short $727.6 million, according to the utility. A decision to increase the amount collected in the trust is pending at the California Public Utilities Commission. Despite lack of state approval for increased decommissioning funds, PG&E is preparing more on-site work. It expects decommissioning to be final in 2018\u2014four decades after the facility\u2019s shutdown. Until then, radioactive spent fuel and other toxic waste remain on-site. Until a federal repository exists, the cost to store radioactive waste on-site ise expected to increase by $20 million, according to PG&E. That\u2019s on top of the $24 million approved in 2004. Scientists presume radioactivity from high-level waste will persist for 140,000 years.