Regular Meeting on Dismantlement Overview and Environmental Stewardship

Dec 02, 2021
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Key Takeaways

The SONGS Community Engagement Panel (CEP) received an update on the federal landscape for offsite storage of spent nuclear fuel, including the need for increased focus and organization.

Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49) highlighted the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Dec. 1 announcement of an effort related to consent-based siting of a federal consolidated interim storage facility and he explained the purpose of his spent nuclear fuel caucus in Congress: to pursue bi-partisan solutions. The CEP heard an update on the Action for Spent Fuel Solutions Now coalition that is advocating for solutions.

CEP members discussed plans to invite a DOE representative to serve as a guest speaker in January or February in order to discuss the Department’s efforts regarding consent-based siting for spent fuel storage facilities.

The SONGS team provided a briefing on the dismantlement project to date which included the importance of safety in constantly changing conditions as the plant is dismantled. Vince Bilovsky, decommissioning director, provided examples of how workers are using human performance tools and lessons learned to ensure all work is performed safely. SONGS Decommissioning Solutions, SCE’s decommissioning contractor, recently marked 2 million hours worked without a lost-time accident.

The CEP received a briefing on environmental stewardship in the context of radiological site surveys and clean-up. Such work is underway and will continue throughout the decommissioning process for the eventual termination of the SONGS license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. It’s a long process and won’t be fully complete until the spent nuclear fuel is relocated from the site many years from now.


The Dec. 2 Community Engagement Panel (CEP) meeting will be conducted via Microsoft Teams 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.

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