Neighboring cities will continue to play a part in emergency preparedness for the now-shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, as county's plan remains in place. Photo: Andrea Swayne

By Jim Shilander

Orange County’s emergency plan in case of an accident at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will remain in place despite the decommissioning of the plant, Donna Boston, the County’s Emergency Services Manager said Thursday at an educational meeting hosted by Southern California Edison at San Clemente Presbyterian Church.

Boston said that while the county believes the threat of an accident has been significantly reduced since the plant ceased actively producing power, the county maintains plans to send its own radiation dose assessment team if there is ever an issue.

Boston said the three cities nearest the plant, San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano will continue to play an active part in all future emergency planning discussions.

An annual meeting to discuss the Wheeler North mitigation reef, located in the waters off San Clemente south of the San Clemente Pier, will likely be held later this spring, Edison Environmental Project manager Kim Anthony said. The reef, which Southern California Edison remains responsible for through the decommissioning process, is considered to be doing well.

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