EHJ Supports Attorney General's Support For Storage of SONGS Nuclear Waste

Attorney General Xavier Becerra Sides With Edison And Coastal Commission To Store Nuclear Waste At San Onofre

EHJ supports Attorney General Xavier Becerra's decision to back a decision to store nuclear waste at the closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).  We agree with the state attorney general’s conclusions that there is a substantial record that supports the California Coastal Commission’s approval of the permit

Becerra filed a brief this month asking a San Diego Superior Court judge not to set aside a California Coastal Commission permit allowing 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste to be stored at San Onofre behind a seawall.  Becerra is siding with Southern California Edison’s plan to place the waste in steel canisters encased in concrete.  The solution is temporary until another site can be found.  Fortunately, the Trump administration is signalling that it intends to open Yucca Mountain as the permanent repository for nuclear waste storage.

The permit includes multiple conditions to ensure the project will be consistent with all applicable policies of the Coastal Act.  The Commission also fully complied with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by considering a reasonable range of alternatives to the project and imposing feasible mitigation measures to mitigate any significant impacts the project may have on the environment.

 Proposed project view of the canisters that would contain the spent nuclear fuel.  PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER MAUE

Proposed project view of the canisters that would contain the spent nuclear fuel.  PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER MAUE

Proposed project view of the canisters that would contain the spent nuclear fuel.

 The seawall between the spent nuclear fuel storage site and San Onofre State Beach, Oct. 8, 2015.  PHOTO BY KATIE SCHOOLOV

The seawall between the spent nuclear fuel storage site and San Onofre State Beach, Oct. 8, 2015.  PHOTO BY KATIE SCHOOLOV

The California Coastal Act of 1976 authorizes the Commission to consider many aspects of the project unrelated to nuclear safety or radiological issues.

 Existing dry cask storage of spent nuclear fuel at San Onofre, Oct. 8, 2015.  PHOTO BY KATIE SCHOOLOV

Existing dry cask storage of spent nuclear fuel at San Onofre, Oct. 8, 2015.  PHOTO BY KATIE SCHOOLOV

San Diego Consumer attorney Michael Aguirre is representing Citizens Oversight in its lawsuit to block storage of nuclear waste at SONGS. The trial over the Citizens Oversight lawsuit is expected to start later this month.  (KPBS, 3/7/2017)