San Onofre Community Engagement Panel Meeting to Include Updates on Recent Radiation Survey, Dismantlement Progress
ROSEMEAD, Calif., Nov. 12, 2020 — The San Onofre Community Engagement Panel will receive an update on the radiation survey Southern California Edison recently conducted for a dry fuel storage system during its fourth quarter meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 19. The meeting will take place via Skype video conference as SCE 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.
SCE contracted with an independent, third-party vendor last month to perform the survey of the Orano TN-NUHOMS dry fuel storage system. The survey was completed in response to comments from a member of the public during the August CEP meeting. Specifically, the comments concerned why SCE doesn’t survey the system’s outlet air vents. Surveying the outlet vents is not required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and SCE utilizes other survey locations, which provide accurate information about how the system is operating.
“We value transparency, and this was an opportunity to help improve understanding of how the storage system works,” said Doug Bauder, SCE vice president and chief nuclear officer. “The survey confirmed that the system is working as expected and we look forward to sharing the results with the CEP.”
The survey results are available on the SONGS Community website. A short video outlining the survey process is available below:
The CEP will also receive presentations on the latest dismantlement activities at San Onofre, including work happening within the containment domes; how sea-level rise is monitored at the site; as well as an update on the strategic plan for the relocation of San Onofre’s spent nuclear fuel. The strategic plan, expected to be released early next year, explores commercially reasonable options for relocating the spent fuel to a federally licensed facility elsewhere. No such site currently exists.
Members of the public can view the meeting video conference by first visiting SONGScommunity.com, where a link to the meeting is provided. Through the web page dedicated to the meeting, SCE is soliciting questions related to meeting agenda topics and comments may be submitted until 5 p.m. Tuesday. To the greatest extent possible, questions will be addressed in the presentation and/or discussed by SCE as part of the facilitated dialogue. Answers to questions may also be posted to the CEP web page following the meeting.
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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