Laguna Woods City Council adopted San Onofre Resolution 15-02 regarding concerns about continued storage of 1,609 metric tons of highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel at San Onofre. It states that while waste remains on-site “…it must be stored in a manner that is as safe as possible including, but not limited to, that it is inspectable, transportable, and includes continuous, real-time monitoring information that is made available to the public…” and
“…that the proper storage and disposition of spent nuclear fuel must be a consideration in the decommissioning process and that the decommissioning plan must not be considered complete until those issues are resolved…”
Community members spoke about significant and urgent issues concerning Southern California Edison’s plan to spend almost $1.3 billion for a Holtec UMAX canister system that cannot be inspected or adequately maintained.
A similar Holtec canister at Diablo Canyon has conditions for cracking after only two years of use due to salt in the marine environment, yet Edison is ignoring this and other critical issues. See Reasons to buy thick nuclear waste dry storage casks and myths about nuclear waste storage.
The Laguna Woods resolution along with a letter from the Mayor will be sent to state and federal regulators and elected officials urging them to join immediately in efforts set forth in this resolution. The resolution was adopted at the January 21, 2015 City Council Meeting.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has not approved funds for the Holtec UMAX canister system. A pre-conference hearing on the CPUC San Onofre decommissioning proceeding (A1412007) will be held at the CPUC in San Francisco on March 2nd at 2:00 pm. This January 9, 2015 response to Edison’s San Onofre Decommissioning Plan and Costs was submitted to the CPUC, expressing numerous concerns with Edison’s plans.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has not approved the Holtec UMAX canister system Edison selected. Here are public comments submitted regarding why the Holtec UMAX system should not be approved by the NRC.
- Comments submitted by San Onofre Safety and others regarding the Holtec UMAX.
- Other comments submitted on Holtec UMAX
Edison has not considered the impact of on-site indefinite storage and the NRC has not completed their assessment of regulatory changes needed after the NRC August 26, 2014 decision allowing on-site indefinite storage. Here are San Onofre Safety comments submitted to the NRC regarding the San Onofre decommissioning plan and costs.
Most of the U.S. uses thin canister designs, such as Holtec. Most of the rest of the world uses thick casks that do not have the thin canister problems. The NRC Division of Spent Fuel Management has chosen to weaken dry storage standards rather than raise them, in spite of the new requirement of indefinite on-site storage. Learn more at SanOnofreSafety.org.