SCE Nuclear Waste Settlement
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Author:  KingCobra [ Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:45 pm ]
Post subject:  SCE Nuclear Waste Settlement

There is a growing list of shuttered nuclear plants across the country that will have to store their spent nuclear fuel onsite for the foreseeable future, or at least until an alternative waste storage site is approved and funded, a goal that has eluded politicians for decades.

However, there are already about 70,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel stored at sites around the country, mostly nuclear plants, and that tally grows by about 2,400 tons each year.

In the lawsuit, Citizens Oversight argued that the California Coastal Commission erred in issuing a 2015 permit that allows for the expansion of an independent spent fuel storage installation to temporarily store San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station's 3.6 million tons of spent nuclear fuel on the shorefront site of the shuttered plant. The suit raises safety issues and claims the area is subject to earthquakes and tsunamis.

The settlement calls for SoCal Ed, which owns about 78% of San Onofre, to spend as much as $4 million to explore the feasibility of finding an alternative interim storage site for the spent fuel from the plant. SoCal Ed notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of its plans to shut the nuclear plant in June 2013.


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