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

By Jim Shilander

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting September 26 in Carlsbad, to discuss the decommissioning process for nuclear power reactors, including the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Southern California Edison announced June 7 that it would retire both nuclear reactors, Units 2 and 3, of the plant permanently. The final fuel was removed from Unit 2 in July, beginning the decommissioning process for the plant.

Unit 3 had its fuel removed in 2012 after a leak was detected in the steam generator tubes in January of that year. Unit 2, which was down for at the time refueling, also showed signs of tube wear and was held out of service as the utility assessed the damage.

A technical presentation will last approximately 45 minutes and cover the decommissioning process and regulations, followed by public questions.

The meeting will be held at the Omni LaCosta Hotel, 2100 Costa del Mar Road, in Carlsbad, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m. to allow extra time for security screening.

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