[ RadSafe ] Policy Strands San Onofre nuclear waste on the beach
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Sat Jul 23 06:32:27 CDT 2016
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> FOCUS: WHY SAN ONOFRE'S NUCLEAR WASTE STAYS ON THE BEACH Policy stalemate leaves toxic spent fuel stranded, San Diego Union Tribune BY ROB NIKOLEWSKI July 22, 2016 Some 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste at the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is all stored up with no place to go.
> The plant has not produced electricity since January 2012 for the nearly 19 million people served by Southern California Edison, the majority owner of the facility, andSan Diego Gas & Electric, which owns 20 percent.
> Edison officials overseeing the plant’s decommissioning have set a target date of the end of 2032 to remove nearly every remnant of the generating station, which hugs the Southern California coastline at the northern tip of San Diego County in Camp Pendleton.
> The operative word is "nearly" because, in all likelihood, the waste — also called spent fuel or used fuel — will stay behind for years to come, stranded until a long-term solution is reached on what to do with it. Going back to the 1960s when the plant broke ground, anti-nuclear critics and Edison officials have not often seen eye-to-eye. But when it comes to the spent fuel, they are in complete agreement: Both sides want it off the premises as soon as possible.
> "This is not the right solution, putting the waste on the beach," said Ray Lutz, El Cajon resident and founder of the nonprofit Citizens Oversight. Lutz made the comment on June 22, just before a Community Engagement Panel, one of a series of public meetings Edison hosts every three months.
> "It’s very frustrating," Tom Palmisano, Edison’s vice president of decommissioning and the chief nuclear officer, said earlier this month.
> So why is the waste stuck near the beach? Read more of this post
> Christina MacPherson | July 23, 2016 at 10:31 am | Categories: USA, wastes | URL: http://wp.me/phgse-oBN
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