Southern California Edison Settles Suit Challenging San Onofre Fuel Storage

By Editors of Power Engineering

Southern California Edison has settled a lawsuit that challenged the permit allowing temporary storage of used nuclear fuel at the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant.

The settlement details the “commercially reasonable” steps SCE will take to move used nuclear fuel offsite, including a $4 million investment to develop a strategic plan for approval by October 6, 2020.

“SCE is proud to take a leadership role in what we expect will become an industry-wide effort over many years to work with the federal government and other key stakeholders to achieve off-site storage,” said Ron Nichols, president of SCE. “We will be vigilant in our efforts to prompt the federal government to act, and until we can secure off-site storage, will continue our 30-year track record of safely storing used fuel at San Onofre.”

One third of San Onofre’s used nuclear fuel is in dry cask storage, with the remainder in steel-lined concrete pools. The fuel in the pools will be moved into dry storage by 2019.

The suit was originally filed  in 2015 by Citizens Oversight and Patricia Borchmann.