Responsible Stewardship for the Community
We are committed to leaving the community better off as a result of having been home to San Onofre for 40 years, and are exploring opportunities with our landlord, the U.S. Navy, and the community on what our site will ultimately look like upon completion of decommissioning. We also are committed to working with federal and state agencies, including the State Lands Commission and the Coastal Commission, to ensure that impacts to the environment and surrounding areas are addressed throughout the decommissioning process.
Revitalizing Coastal Wetlands & Marine Habitats
As stewards of the environment, we will continue to support the revitalization of coastal wetlands and marine habitats, including the San Dieguito Wetlands Restoration Project and the Wheeler North Reef.
San Dieguito Wetlands
This $90-million restoration project restored tidal flows, natural habitat and vegetation. It includes construction of the coastal segment of the Coast to Crest Trail along the San Dieguito River, creating an outer perimeter to provide public viewing of sensitive habitat and vegetation. The wetlands serve as a fish nursery and a refuge for migratory waterfowl and endangered species, and as an open space for community recreational activities.
- 440 acres of wetland and upland habitat restoration, including 160 acres of new Southern California wetlands and 100 acres of tidal salt marshland.
- Significant increases of fish and wildlife.
- The return of tidal flow to the lagoon.
Wheeler North Reef
Named after the Caltech environmental scientist Dr. Wheeler J. North, the $46-million, 176-acre artificial kelp reef located off the coast of San Clemente helped create a new habitat for local marine life. The reef was built to offset the impact on a nearby kelp bed by the ocean water cooling system of the San Onofre plant.
- Significant addition of new marine habitat to the Southern California coast in a giant kelp forest protecting and nourishing as many as 50 varieties of fish and invertebrates.
- Increased opportunities for fishing and diving in Southern California
SCE provided $5 million for the creation of the Hubbs Hatchery in Carlsbad, which is restoring the region's white sea bass population through innovative aquaculture and fishery enhancement techniques. The hatchery is capable of producing more than 350,000 juvenile white sea bass annually.
Thoughtful Management of Nuclear Decommissioning Trust Funds
As a judicious steward of the Nuclear Decommissioning Trust, we will spend the funds wisely and return any unused money to the ratepayers when the decommissioning activities are complete. For SCE, our portion of the trust funds are fully funded, and we will no longer be collecting fees from our customers. The trust funds' balances are currently $4.1 billion, which managed well over time are expected to fully fund decommissioning.