San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. File photo
San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. File photo

By Jim Shilander

Southern California Edison’s Community Engagement Panel on the decommissioning of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will meet with experts from the Bipartisan Policy Center on the subject of encouraging the federal Department of Energy to move on finding ways of safely storing spent nuclear fuel.

San Clemente City Councilman Tim Brown, who serves as vice-chair of the CEP, announced the meeting at the council’s Jan. 6 meeting. Tim Frazier, the former head of the President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, is also scheduled to attend the meeting. Frazier heads the center’s own nuclear waste initiative.

The speedy removal of spent nuclear fuel from the site south of San Clemente has been a major topic of discussion of both the CEP and City Council in recent months. With no current central repository for spent nuclear fuel, fuel is currently slated to remain at the plant until a repository, permanent or temporary, can be found.

The City Council passed a resolution in December asking that the fuel be removed as swiftly as possible from the site. Anti-nuclear activists have suggested that the safest route may be to remove the fuel to a more inland and less densely populated environment within California, specifically the desert.

The meeting is currently scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center, located at 25925 Camino Del Avion.

For information on the decommissioning process and the meeting, visit www.songscommunity.com.

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