Officials to Hold Forum on Status of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

Future Uncertain For Nuclear Energy In California

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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold a remote public forum to provide an opportunity to offer comment about Southern California Edison’s (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) requests related to the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).

The remote public forum will allow the community to comment on the proposed decommissioning of SONGS. Officials say the webcast for the virtual forum which will be held Tuesday, Jan. 10, can be found here.

SONGS, which is operated by Southern California Edison (SCE) is located approximately 60 miles south of Los Angeles and about 4 miles south of San Clemente, CA. It is located between I-5 and the Pacific Ocean, within the boundary of the Camp Pendleton military reserve. 

The history of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station dates back to 1968 when Unit 1 first began operating. Unit 1 was retired in 1992.

Commercial operation of San Onofre Unit 2 began in 1983 and of Unit 3 in 1984. Both units of the San Onofre nuclear plant, located near San Clemente, Calif., were capable of generating 2,200 megawatts of electricity, enough power to serve 1.4 million average homes at any point in time.

Unit 2 and 3 officially ceased operation in 2013.

According to officials from the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission the decommissioning process can take years as immense amount of work is put into closing the operation.

It is projected to take until 2032 before SONGS is closed.

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