Southern California Edison Statement on NRC Special Inspection

Media Contact: Robert Laffoon-Villegas, (626) 302-2255 

ROSEMEAD, Calif., Aug. 24, 2018 — Southern California Edison has been notified by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) of its upcoming special inspection regarding the Aug. 3 canister loading incident and the follow-up corrective actions underway at the San Onofre nuclear plant.

SCE supports the NRC’s oversight role to ensure a thorough evaluation of the incident and that the ensuing training, processes and procedures for spent fuel canister loading are robust and implemented. Spent fuel loading work will not restart until SCE is satisfied that all appropriate actions have been taken, and the NRC has an opportunity to complete its on-site inspection activities. SCE remains committed to safety and a rigorous oversight process during decommissioning.

SCE has loaded 29 canisters in the dry cask storage facility to date and plans to place the remaining 44 in dry storage by mid-2019.

SCE announced in June 2013 that it would retire San Onofre Units 2 and 3, and had begun preparations to decommission the facility. SCE has established core principles of safety, stewardship and engagement to guide decommissioning. For more information, visit

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An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of approximately 15 million via 5 million customer accounts in a 50,000- square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.