Citizens sound off on how to decommission San Onofre during meeting hosted by the NRC
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CARLSBAD, Calif. - Concerned community members sounded off on what to do with the decommissioned San Onofre nuclear power plant Thursday.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission told 10News Southern California Edison has two years to come up with a plan on how to decommission all of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station -- a process that will be complicated and tedious.
When it comes to decommissioning San Onofre, the NRC said the plant has three options.
“They can probably disassemble most of the equipment on site, they can go that path," said Victor Dricks with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. "They can let time go by 10, 20, 30 years, up to 60 years or they can choose a third option, which is called entombment, where they basically could build a giant sarcophagus around the plant."
Currently, around $4 billion sits in a dedicated external decommissioning trust. The NRC believes it will cover the cost to fully decommission all three nuclear reactors at San Onofre.
Ray Lutz with Citizens Oversight, however, is concerned storing nuclear waste in spent fuel pools could lead to a meltdown.
“If something does happen to this fuel pool like if it leaks or if we have an earthquake that's pretty bad the fuel will start to burn, we'll have a meltdown and we'll have to evacuate all of Southern California,” said Lutz.
The NRC though said it just completed a major study that determined the pools are seismically safe.
In addition, the NRC stated the full decommissioning of San Onofre's reactor one has proven successful, even though a citation had to be issued when a shipment of liquid ground waste began to leak on its way to a site in Utah.
The NRC said that leak was cleaned up quickly and there were no health effects as a result.
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