Nuclear News

Inspection program approved for spent nuclear fuel storage

Samantha Nelson | The Coast News Group | 7/22/20

The California Coastal Commission approved a program that will monitor and take care of dry storage containing spent nuclear fuel at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The CCC met July 16 to vote unanimously on the inspection and maintenance program (IMP) proposed by…

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770-ton load from San Onofre nuclear plant arrives at Utah disposal site

Rob Nikolewski | Los Angeles Times | 7/21/20

The seven-week journey of an old but vital piece of the San Onofre nuclear power plant, a shipment weighing in at 700 tons, has been completed. The reactor pressure vessel that helped generate electricity at Unit 1 of the plant arrived last week…

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Four canisters left for dry storage at SONGS

Samantha Nelson| The Coast News Group | 7/15/20

The San Onofre Nuclear generating Station only has four more canisters of spent nuclear fuel to put away in its dry storage facility. Crews at the decommissioning nuclear power plant have been loading one canister full of its spent nuclear fuel on a weekly basis over the last few months…

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Commentary: Levin's SONGS report should inform Coastal Commission vote

Bart Ziegler | The Coast News Group | 7/1/20

Rep. Mike Levin’s task force issued a scalding report June 24 on our nation’s handling of nuclear waste. One of its many warnings is the lack of facilities and procedures to contain radiation if storage systems fail…

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Congressman looks to use report to increase efforts to get nuclear waste off the beach

Rob Nikolewski | San Diego Union Tribune | 6/24/20

A task force put together by Rep. Mike Levin, D-San Juan Capistrano, released a report Wednesday making 30 policy recommendations for storing and eventually finding a place to send used-up nuclear fuel – in particular, from the San Onofre…

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Levin raises questions about San Onofre nuclear waste transfers, sewage spill

Rob Nikolewski | San Diego Union Tribune | 4/1/20

Rep. Mike Levin, who made his concerns about nuclear waste at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station a prong in his successful 2018 congressional campaign has sent a letter to the CEO of the parent company of the utility…

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San Onofre nuclear plant continues waste transfers amid COVID-19 restrictions

Rob Nikolewski | San Diego Union Tribune | 3/25/20

Southern California Edison, the operator of the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant, announced Wednesday a “temporary curtailment of some destruction work” at the facility but said transfers of heavy canisters…

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State energy regulators approve more funding to decommission San Onofre nuclear plant

Jeff McDonald | Los Angeles Times | 3/13/20

California utility regulators awarded owners of the San Onofre nuclear plant hundreds of millions of dollars in new money to pay for ongoing decommissioning of the shuttered power station, rejecting a protest from a San Diego…

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San Onofre nuclear plant installs radiation monitoring system

Rob Nikolewski | San Diego Union Tribune | 3/11/20

The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has unveiled a monitoring system that collects readings of the radiation emitted by the used-up nuclear fuel that is housed in a newly constructed facility at the plant. Three monitors feed information…

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Belly Up hosts 'Songs for SONGS' to protest San Onofre nuclear waste storage

Luke Harold | Del Mar Times | 2/26/20

A lineup of local leaders, musicians and other performers protested nuclear waste storage at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station during “Songs for SONGS” at Belly Up in Solana Beach on Feb. 24. Chris Goldsmith, president of…

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The 8-year project to dismantle San Onofre nuclear plant is about to begin

Rob Nikolewski | San Diego Union Tribune | 1/26/20

Seven years after the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station officially went offline, the eight-year process of physically dismantling the plant and knocking down the domes that have loomed over the landscape of Camp Pendleton for four decades…

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Opinion: California's San Onofre nuclear plant is a Chernobyl waiting to happen

Kate Brown | Los Angeles Times | 11/19/19

Last month, the California Coastal Commission gave Southern California Edison permission to dismantle the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and move its 3.55 million pounds of nuclear waste from wet to dry storage.

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S.O.N.G.S. ceased operation in 2013 but the battle over dismantling still rages

Ken Silverstein | Forbes | 10/22/19

When S.O.N.G.S. officially ceased operations in 2013, most Americans moved on. But not in southern California, where activists and regulators are now at loggerheads over how to dismantle the site and where to store fuel.

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Coastal Commission OKs permit to dismantle San Onofre nuclear plant

Rob Nikolewski | San Diego Union Tribune | 10/17/19

The California Coastal Commission, on a 9-0 vote, gave approval Thursday for Southern California Edison to proceed with plans to dismantle the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station where canisters loaded with nuclear waste…

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Demolition of San Onofre nuclear plant comes before Coastal Commission in the fall

Teri Sforza | Orange County Register | 9/9/19

When the iconic domes of San Onofre’s nucelar reactors are finally demolished, “significant amounts of foundation, footings, and other existing material” are expected to remain, unseen, beneath the bluff on the ocean…

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The NRC hosts a raucous town hall about San Onofre Operations

Rob Nikolewski | San Diego Union Tribune | 8/21/19

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a town hall Tuesday night in San Juan Capistrano to discuss the recent restart of nuclear waste transfers at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station…

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Where could the nuclear waste go? It's not an easy question to answer.

Rob Nikolewski| San Diego Union Tribune | 7/27/19

Earlier this month, Southern California Edison — the operators of the now-shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant — resumed transferring heavy conasiters filled with spent fuel assemblies from wet storage pools…

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Solana Beach council revises take on San Onofre spent nuclear waste

Michael J. Williams | Del Mar Times | 7/17/19

Responding to pressure from residents, a majority of Solana Beach City Council members passed a resolution last week intended to make a stronger statement about the need to address nuclear waste storage…

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Scott Peters calls for federal action on San Onofre nuclear fuel storage

City News Source | KPBS | 6/17/19

Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, is calling on the federal government to determine and commit to an interim and long-term plan for nuclear waste storage. Peters challenged the rest of the federal government on Friday…

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San Onofre Task Force questions Edison about nuclear waste canisters

Alison St John| KPBS  | 5/29/19

Members of a San Onofre Task Force convened by San Diego Congressman Mike Levin are meeting Wednesday with officials from Southern California Edison, which owns and operates the shuttered nuclear power plant in North San Diego County…

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Federal regulators OKs resuming transfers of nuclear waste at San Onofre

Rob Nikolewski | San Diego Union Tribune | 5/21/19

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday gave the operators of the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, also known as SONGS, the green light to resume transferring canisters filled with nuclear waste…

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Moving nuclear waste at San Onofre sparks war of words between contractor, community

Teri Sforza | Orange County Register | 5/15/19

Concerns about Holtec International’s ability to do its job — moving San Onofre’s highly radioactive nuclear waste from wet to dry storage — have been voiced by leaders of a citizens panel advising SoCal Edison…

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Congressmen Levin proposes bill to tackle San Onofre nuclear storage

Claire Trageser | KPBS                    | 4/16/19

Congressman Mike Levin on Tuesday waded into the ongoing dilemma over what to do about the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The process of storing spent fuel there is on hold after an accident last summer…

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Scratches on canisters at San Onofre are no big deal, designer says, but others worry

Rob Nikolewski | San Diego Union Tribune | 4/10/19

The contractor that designed the 50-ton canisters that hold fuel assemblies of nuclear waste at the San Onofre nuclear plant has changed the working in a federal regulation to acknowledge the canisters have scratches…

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House Democrats want $25 million for program to move nuclear waste

Rob Nikolewski | San Diego Union Tribune |4/1/19

A group of 15 Democrats on Capitol Hill have requested Congress spend $25 million to support the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a consolidated interim storage program aimed at finding a place to send used fuel…

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NRC: No transfers of canisters San Onofre until flap over scratches is sorted out

Rob Nikolewski | San Diego Union Tribune | 3/29/19

An administrator at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission offered more details about why the agency is not allowing Southern California Edison — the operator of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station — to resume moving heavy…

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NRC fines Southern California Edison $116,000 for nuclear canister incident

Rob Nikolewski | San Diego Union Tribune | 3/25/19

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission hit Southern California Edison on Monday with $116,000 in civil penalties following an incident last August where a 50-ton canister filled with nuclear waste was left suspended for 45 minutes…

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Reports: San Onofre nuclear site 'fatally flawed' and could cost $13.4 trillion

Samantha Taylor | The Coast News Group | 1/17/19

Nuclear waste storage facilities at the decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station are “fatally flawed” and could cost Southern California nearly $13.4 trillion over a 50-year period if a major release of radiation occurs…

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San Onofre plant aims to resume transfers of nuclear waste in January

Rob Nikolewski | San Diego Union Tribune | 11/29/18

Southern California Edison, the operator of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, plans to resume transferring canisters filled with spent nuclear fuel in mid-January to a newly constructed storage facility at the plant…

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Op-Ed: The San Onofre nuclear plant is a 'Fukusima waiting to happen'

Steve Chapple | Los Angeles Times | 8/15/18

Southern California Edison is keeping 3.6 million pounds of lethal radioactive waste at the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant in San Clemente. The waste poses a significant threat to the health, safety and economic vitality…

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Musicians Protest nuclear waste at SONGS with songs at Belly Up

Rutger Rosenborg | NBC San Diego | 9/29/18

At 7 p.m. on Oct. 8, Belly Up is set to transform into a 60’s style rally featuring musicians and speakers protesting nuclear waste storage at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). It’s a free affair that aims to generate support…

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Timeline: 2013 Shutdown of San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant Explained

R. Stickney | NBC San Diego | 5/28/13

A look at the key events, meetings and reports involving the shut down of the San Onofre Nuclear Power Station located between San Diego and Los Angeles along the Pacific Ocean. Events start with an ammonia leak in 2011…

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