By Jim Shilander
Residents with questions about the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will have the opportunity to speak with Southern California Edison employees and get information on the decommissioning process at an educational event to be held Monday, Sept. 29, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center, 25925 Camino del Avion.
Edison announced in June 2013 that it would be closing the plant, which had been shut down since January 2012 following issues with its steam generator tubes. The decommissioning process is expected to take several decades.
The utility has created a Community Engagement Panel made up of elected officials from Orange and San Diego counties, as well as representatives from the environmental and business communities and other stakeholders. Past meetings of the commission have focused on the timeline for the decommissioning process, as well as the question of long term storage of spent nuclear fuel at the plant site.
The next Edison Community Engagement Panel meeting will also be held at the Community Center on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. The meeting will focus on emergency planning and preparedness during the decommissioning process.
One safety measure, the distribution of potassium iodine tablets to residents, has been suspended by several Orange County cities, including San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point and San Clemente, due to the plant no longer being in operation.