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Federal regulators delay public meeting on decommission the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

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

By Jim Shilander

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has postponed a public meeting scheduled for October 9 in Carlsbad on an environmental study and potential regulations about the extended storage of spent nuclear fuel.

The state of the spent nuclear fuel at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has been the subject of concern as Southern California Edison begins to formulate its decommissioning plan for the plant, which was retired earlier this year. The NRC held a meeting September 26 in Carlsbad to discuss the decommissioning process.

The regulation and generic environmental impact study, collectively known as “waste confidence,” were published September 13, with a public comment period to November 27. The agency scheduled 12 meetings around the country to present the findings and receive public comments.

As a federal agency, the NRC expects its funding to run out by the middle of next week. The agency stated it will begin scaled-down operations focusing on immediate public safety and security issues, such as nuclear power plant inspections.

Decisions on additional waste confidence meetings will be made on a week-by-week basis, an NRC release stated.


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