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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 San Clemente 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

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  • Although the used nuclear fuel is perfectly safe on site at San Onofre either in pools or dry cask storage, I am not opposed to it being transferred out as long as the facility they transfer it to is either one for reprocessing (not likely as it is currently not legal), or to Yucca Mt., the long term storage site initially chosen but which anti-nukes opposed. This opposition on their part was prior to the completion of any studies and done so strictly in line with their anti-nuclear philosophy of a nuclear power free America. Several states had imposed a moratorium on nuclear power plant building until a long term storage site had been opened.

    What would be foolish is exactly what the anti-nukes want…wasting more dollars on building a temporary site somewhere in the California desert (it is their desire to waste as much money as possible so that they can then claim nuclear power is too expensive and therefore all nuclear plants should be shut down). If they truly want the used fuel transferred out, then they should back moving the fuel to the original site chosen, Yucca Mt. They have already demonstrated themselves to be dishonest in the false statements they made concerning SONGs when it was running as well as false statements regarding solar generation subsequent to SONGs’ shutdown AND about TMI cask leaks…which didn’t leak (in fact no cask has ever leaked in the entire history of commercial nuclear power nor has a single person been harmed from storing used fuel in the industry). Let’s see if the local anti-nukes will support transferring used fuel to Yucca Mt., the only reason not to is to raise the cost of doing business, a win only for those philosophically opposed to nuclear power.

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