San Onofre Community Engagement Panel Meeting Moving Online Due to COVID-19
ROSEMEAD, Calif., March 23, 2020 — The San Onofre Community Engagement Panel will conduct its first quarter meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday via Skype video conference 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 social distancing. Topics will include an update on decommissioning activities and fuel transfer operations.
Members of the public can view the video conference by first visiting the SONGS Community website where a link to the meeting will be provided. Questions related to the meeting agenda topics may be submitted by 5 p.m. tomorrow and — to the greatest extent possible — will be addressed in the presentation and/or discussed by SCE and/or guest speakers as part of the facilitated dialogue. More details will be posted to the CEP web page before the meeting.
“Moving the meeting online is the right thing to do at this time. We want to make sure the public stays up to date on the work happening at San Onofre with both dismantlement and spent nuclear fuel storage, so we felt it would be beneficial to find a way to safely carry on,” said David Victor, chairman of the CEP.
SONGS Decommissioning Solutions, SCE’s contractor for decommissioning work, will provide information on the initial work taking place to dismantle the plant. That work includes a rail spur upgrade, asbestos removal and other work in and around the containment domes.
An update on fuel transfer operations will provide information on the movement of spent nuclear fuel from wet to dry storage since the last CEP meeting in November. To date, 55 of 73 canisters of spent fuel have been safely placed into the Holtec dry storage system. Fuel transfer operations are expected to finish this summer.
When SCE announced the retirement of San Onofre Units 2 and 3 in June 2013, it established the core principles of safety, stewardship and engagement to guide decommissioning.
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