By Jim Shilander

Southern California Edison is hoping to complete the demolition of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station by the end of 2032, which the utility estimates will cost $4.4 billion.

Both the timeline and cost estimate are among details in a draft version of the post-shutdown decommissioning activities report released last week.

The plant, located just south of San Clemente in San Diego County, ceased operations on June 7, 2013. The utility has $4.2 billion in a decommissioning trust fund to pay for the process.

The timeline provided by the company currently indicates that spent nuclear fuel, currently in cooling pools, would be transferred into dry-cask storage by June 2019. Edison’s preliminary timeline indicates fuel would be held in dry-cask storage though the end of 2049. The utility then would take three years to restore the property and terminate its easement with the Department of the Navy.

The report will be the subject of the next meeting of the utility’s Community Engagement Panel meeting. The group was scheduled to meet Aug. 14 in Oceanside, but that meeting has been postponed and no new date or location announced.

The complete document can be found at

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