Statement on Nuclear Regulatory Commission Final Enforcement Action
Media Contact: John Dobken, (626) 302-2255
ROSEMEAD, Calif., March 25, 2019 — Southern California Edison accepts the civil penalty assessed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) related to the Aug. 3, 2018, canister downloading incident at San Onofre nuclear plant. The event should not have happened and as the licensee we take full responsibility.
Since the Aug. 3 event, SCE and its contractor have reviewed every aspect of spent nuclear fuel transfer operations and created a more robust program through better procedures, better training, and more intrusive oversight. The additional cameras and load monitoring equipment will provide valuable information to the teams during downloading operations. We appreciate the NRC’s acknowledgment that we have demonstrated through dry runs our corrective actions are effective.
We continue to work with the NRC as they review design documentation related to incidental contact as canisters are downloaded. Fuel transfer operations, on hold since Aug. 3, will only begin after the NRC has completed its analysis, we have provided a briefing to the Community Engagement Panel, and SCE is satisfied we can move forward safely utilizing the improvements we have made to the program.
About Southern California Edison
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.