Southern California Edison, operator of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, on March 15 released a strategic plan for relocating the shuttered plant's spent nuclear fuel and launched a national coalition to pressure the federal government to find a permanent repository for waste stored on-site at SONGS and every nuclear power plant in the country.
Strategies for moving the spent fuel off the coast at San Onofre State Beach are outlined in the three-part plan.
The utility is partnering with Orange and San Diego counties, the City of Riverside and San Diego Gas & Electric to form the stakeholder coalition, Action for Spent Fuel Solutions Now, to pressure the federal government to make good on its overdue promise to find a permanent resting place for the nation's spent nuclear fuel. The coalition includes local governments, business and labor leaders, Native American leaders, environmental groups and community members, according to a news release.
The U.S. Department of Energy has paid billions of dollars in storage costs to plant operators since 1998, its own failed deadline to open a permanent repository. "It is clear that to make tangible progress on this issue, the federal government must act. Rather than wait for this to happen, we are going to be a catalyst for change," SCE President and CEO Kevin Payne said in the release. The federal Nuclear Waste Fund now totals more than $43 billion, of which nearly $1 billion has been paid by SCE ratepayers to establish a permanent repository, the release says.