Regular Meeting on SONGS Strategic Plan Update and Decommissioning Status

Nov 19, 2020
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

SONGS Community Engagement Panel Meeting—5 Key Takeaways

  1. The CEP thanked outgoing California State Parks representative Rich Haydon for his many years of service to the CEP. We wish him all the best in retirement. Mark Riddlebarger, Emergency Planning Coordinator with the agency, will be serving on the CEP on an interim basis until a permanent State Parks representative is named. Dana Point representative Paul Wyatt is also retiring from the CEP. We thank him for his service and wish him well. A replacement for Paul will be named next year.
  2. The phased demolition of structures on site at San Onofre will begin in early 2021 with the removal of administration buildings. Other work underway includes preparations for the cut up of components inside the reactor vessels.
  3. The spent nuclear fuel stored at San Onofre contributes a tiny, nearly undetectable level of radiation dose to the public within the vicinity of the site. The natural background radiation dose is 0.010 millirem/hr. The dose rate at the publicly accessible boundaries is the same. The Federal government allows a dose of 25 millirem per year to the public. San Onofre contributes less than 1 millirem per year.
  4. Regarding sea-level rise, the revetment (aka “rip-rap” fronting the ocean) is in good condition and able to withstand extreme SLR through at least 2050. The Holtec ISFSI support foundation remains above the water table through 2050 even when considering the most extreme, non-probabilistic SLR scenario required by CA Coastal Commission.
  5. The Strategic Plan for the off-site relocation of SONGS spent nuclear fuel will be released in Q1 2021. The plan includes a conceptual transportation plan, as well a Spent Fuel action plan, which outlines follow-up steps by SCE to catalyze action on implementation and push Congress to act.

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The Nov. 19 Community Engagement Panel (CEP) meeting will be conducted via Skype video as Southern California Edison and CEP members work to reduce COVID-19 exposure through actions that align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations on physical distancing. Members of the public will be able to listen and watch the meeting, as well as participate in an hour-long public comment period. Instructions for joining the meeting, submitting questions before and during the meeting, and signing up for public comment are below.


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