San Onofre Community Engagement Panel to Discuss Progress Regarding Fuel Transfer Operations
Media Contact: John Dobken, (626) 302-2255
ROSEMEAD, Calif., March 21, 2019 — The San Onofre Community Engagement Panel will discuss improvements made to fuel transfer operations at the San Onofre nuclear plant since the Aug. 3 canister-downloading incident during its quarterly meeting March 28 in Laguna Hills.
Fuel transfer operations at San Onofre have been on hold since Aug. 3 when a canister that was being downloaded became wedged near the top of a cavity enclosure container (CEC) on the dry cask storage pad. The slings that support the canister during downloading continued to be lowered while the canister remained wedged. Workers identified the problem and the canister was re-lifted and safely lowered to the bottom of the CEC. At no point during the incident was there a risk to employee or public safety.
SCE has committed to not restart spent fuel transfer operations until it is satisfied all corrective actions are in place and proven effective, the public has been briefed at a Community Engagement Panel meeting and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has completed its on-site inspection actions. The commission has scheduled a public webinar for Monday to discuss results from January’s Predecisional Enforcement Conference and preliminary findings and observations of recent inspections at San Onofre.
Other topics to be discussed at the CEP meeting include updates on environmental permitting and decommissioning activities.
The regular quarterly meeting will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex, 25555 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills. Staffed information booths will be open from 4:30-5:30 p.m. There will be a public comment period, and the meeting will be livestreamed via songscommunity.com.
SCE, majority owner of the San Onofre nuclear plant, announced in June 2013 that it had retired San Onofre Units 2 and 3 and had begun the process to decommission the facility. SCE has established core principles of safety, stewardship and engagement to guide decommissioning.
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