Special San Onofre Community Engagement Expert Group Meeting to Focus on Department of Energy Initiative for Offsite Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel


ROSEMEAD, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With the federal government’s recent restart of the consent-based site selection effort, the San Onofre Community Engagement Committee (CEP) will receive a briefing on February 10 from Dr. Kimberly Petry of the Bureau of Nuclear Energy from the Department of Energy (DOE) on a new effort regarding consolidated offsite interim storage of used nuclear fuel. The meeting will begin at 12:00 p.m. PT to accommodate East Coast attendees, and will be conducted via Microsoft Teams video conferencing.

Last month, the DOE announced a Request for Information, or RFI, seeking stakeholder and public comment on a new consent-based approach to siting an interim federal consolidated nuclear fuel storage facility. worn. This approach, emphasizing buy-in from communities that may be considering hosting spent fuel, was recommended by the Blue Ribbon Commission in 2012 and is in the common interest of SCE and other stakeholders. to move the fuel off-site.

“We can’t continue to put off the problem for future generations to find out about it,” said Petry, the DOE’s acting deputy assistant secretary for spent fuel and waste disposal. “By putting communities and people first, we believe we can find a solution to the decades-long impasse over the management of the country’s spent nuclear fuel.”

The DOE effort comes with the added benefit of congressional support, as well as $20 million in funding in 2022 for various activities.

There are 123 containers of spent nuclear fuel stored securely at San Onofre, which is located on land leased from the US Navy as part of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Until the spent fuel is removed, decommissioning cannot be fully completed and the land restored to return to the navy.

“What I’m hearing from the public is a strong interest in finding responsible ways to keep spent fuel away from San Onofre,” said CEP Chairman Dr. David Victor. “It’s very encouraging to see the Department of Energy focusing on this topic and inviting lots of input from the public on how we can successfully move the fuel.”

Representatives from the Action for Spent Fuel Solutions Now coalition will provide local perspective on the DOE’s planned approach to consent-based siting for offsite interim storage facilities. John Kotek of the Nuclear Energy Institute will present the national perspective.

Members of the public can view the video conference of the meeting by first visiting SONGScommunity.com, where a link to the meeting is provided, as well as registering to provide comments during the meeting.

When SCE announced the withdrawal of Units 2 and 3 from San Onofre in June 2013, it established the fundamental principles of safety, stewardship and engagement to guide the dismantling.

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