After operating since the 1960s, Southern California Edison announced in June 2013 it will close the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station permenantly. The plant must still undergo a decades-long decommissioning process. File photo
After operating since the 1960s, Southern California Edison announced in June 2013 it will close the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station permanently. The plant must still undergo a decades-long decommissioning process. File photo

Dana Point Times

To address community questions surrounding the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station’s retiring process, plant majority owners have established a community engagement panel made up of elected officials from nearby cities and counties, military personnel, environmentalists and other stakeholders.

The group’s first meeting will be held Tuesday, March 25, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the San Clemente Community Center, located at 100 N. Calle Seville.

Lisa Bartlett, Tim Brown and Sam Allevato, the mayors of Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, respectively, were named to the panel in February. They are joined by Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees President John Alpay and Orange County Supervisor Pat Bates.

Southern California Edison, the plant’s majority owner, announced the shutdown of SONGS in June 2013 in light of doubt surrounding the fate of the nuclear plant since its two steam generators, Units 2 and 3, were taken offline in January 2012, after a small radiation leak was detected in the latter unit.

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