Need to Know
We’re providing up-to-date facts and information to answer your most important questions about decommissioning and used nuclear fuel storage.
Putting a Cork in the Yellowstone Effect - Feb. 13, 2020
We set the record straight on "radioactive geysers" at SONGS. (Spoiler alert: they can't happen.)
Brief Power Outage at SONGS - Jan. 29, 2020
Power was restored at SONGS following a 44-minute outage. The outage stemmed from an issue with off-site power lines.
Fuel Transfer Operations Update - Jan. 19, 2020
Southern California Edison is currently placing 73 canisters of spent nuclear fuel into dry storage at San Onofre nuclear plant. In this latest update on fuel transfer operations, we look at the download of canister 46 and how improvements made last year to FTO helped the crew be successful.
Fuel Transfer Operations Update - Dec. 18, 2019
Southern California Edison is transferring spent nuclear fuel from wet to dry storage at the San Onofre nuclear plant. In this latest update we talk about the progress so far and the latest Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspection report.
Keeping it Factual - Response to L.A. Times Op-Ed by Dr. Kate Brown - Nov. 23, 2019
Last year, SONGS was a "Fukushima waiting to happen." This year, SONGS is a "Chernobyl waiting to happen." Both comparisons are wildly off-base. Read our full response to the Times.
SCE Releases Comprehensive Overview of Dry Spent Fuel Storage at SONGS - Nov. 12, 2019
In 2014, SCE selected the Holtec UMAX dry spent fuel storage system to hold the remaining spent nuclear fuel on site at SONGS. Following a meeting May 29 with Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49), SCE agreed to produce an evaluation of any meaningful, factual, and science-based changes to on-site spent fuel storage systems and technology since 2014. SCE released the document today.
Half-way Point Reached, Passed on Fuel Transfer Operations -
Nov. 1, 2019
Today, crews successfully downloaded canister #38 into the Holtec dry spent fuel storage system. Continuous improvement of fuel transfer operations is the focus.
Details on Canister Inspection Photos – Oct. 12, 2019
Recently released photos from SCE's industry leading canister inspections may not tell the whole story. Read our latest post to understand the analysis that went into reading the high-resolution photos and what it told us and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
SC Green Getting it Wrong – Oct. 10, 2019
A San Clemente activist group recently sent out erroneous information about spent nuclear fuel canisters at SONGS, and across the nation.
SONGS Fuel Transfer Update – Sept. 16, 2019
Canisters #32 and #33 were safely downloaded. We're providing a brief update on how the work progressed.
NRC Public Meeting on Community Advisory Boards - Aug. 29, 2019
The NRC will host a public meeting on Community Advisory Boards and decommissioning on Aug. 29 at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. More information can be found on the NRC website.
Looking Back and Looking Forward – Aug. 20, 2019
As work begins this week to load and transfer spent nuclear fuel canister #32, we take a look back at how the process went for canisters #30 & #31, and the lessons-learned.
Solana Beach City Council Resolution – July 3, 2019
The Solana Beach City Council recently passed a resolution that contained multiple errors regarding nuclear energy regulations and spent nuclear fuel storage. We "correct the record" in this post.
Canister Inspection White Paper – June 3, 2019
The expected incidental contact during the downloading of canisters into the Holtec HI-STORM UMAX system at SONGS does not produce significant wear marks or scratches affecting the safety function of the canisters.
Seismic Safety at SONGS – May 22, 2019
The spent nuclear fuel storage systems at the San Onofre nuclear plant are designed and constructed with seismic safety top of mind.
SCE Conducts Inspections of Spent Fuel Canisters – March 27, 2019
Southern California Edison recently performed detailed inspections of three Holtec multipurpose spent fuel canisters, including the canister downloaded on Aug. 3, 2018.
An Update from Tom Palmisano on Fuel Transfer Operations – March 19, 2019
Changes made to the program since Aug. 3, 2018 and the path forward.
Responses to Public Questions from Nov. 29 CEP Meeting – March 7, 2019
Correcting the Record: Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage at SONGS – Jan. 15, 2019
Coalition Urges Federal Action on Long Term Storage – Dec. 4, 2018
National coalition urges immediate congressional action to revitalize the federal used nuclear fuel program.
Decommissioning a Nuclear Power Plant - Frequently Asked Questions – Nov. 29, 2018
Update to CEP Members on Fuel Transfer Operations – Oct. 19, 2018
Tom Palmisano, vice president of external engagement, provides an update to Community Engagement Panel members regarding the ongoing work to strengthen spent nuclear fuel transfer operations.