San Onofre nuclear plant decommissioning to begin
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The California Coastal Commission has approved a plan to tear down the San Onofre nuclear plant, and it includes removing the plant’s iconic twin reactor domes.
The Southern California Edison’s project includes removing most “visible elements” of the coastal plant, which was shut down six years ago.
Before it was shut down, the domes provided nuclear power for about one-and-a-half-million people in Southern California. The plant was shut down after a steam generator malfunctioned in 2013. Since the domes no longer serve a purpose, it’s time for them to go. However, it will take about eight to 10 years to complete the removal process.
The site currently is storing 3.5 million pounds of nuclear waste that has nowhere else to go. That waste would remain until another storage location is found.
The federal government is responsible for all nuclear waste in America. There are 121 nuclear plants, including San Onofre, looking to the government for long term nuclear storage. Once that happens, the land will go back to what it was.