A public meeting on the decommissioning of the San
Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in northern San Diego County will be held by
the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Sept. 26 in Carlsbad.
The 6 p.m. hearing at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa will delve into
issues brought about by the decision of Southern California Edison -- the
plant's operator and majority-owner -- to shutter the two reactors.
The NRC's technical staff is scheduled to deliver a 45-minute
presentation on the decommissioning process and regulations, and will then take
questions from the public.
Troubles at the plant, which delivered 20 percent of its power to San
Diego Gas & Electric, began in January 2012 when a small, non-injury leak was
discovered in one of the two reactors. The other unit was shut down for
maintenance at the time.
A subsequent investigation by Edison revealed excessive wearing of
pressure tubes caused by vibrations in massive steam generators manufactured by
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan and installed in 2010 and 2011.
The NRC on Monday cited Edison for the failure. The utility is taking
legal action against Mitsubishi.
Rosemead-based SCE announced in early June that it would retire both
reactors, after a plan to restart the unit where the leak did not occur ran
According to the NRC, the doors to the hearing room will open at 5 p.m.
to allow for security screening. The hotel is located at 2100 Costa del Mar