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NRC abruptly cancels meeting to discuss future of San Onofre

The NRC abruptly cancelled a meeting to discuss the future of the San Onofre nuclear plant. David McNew/Getty Images

Federal regulators have canceled an upcoming public meeting to discuss what may happen to the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant.

This Friday’s meeting was scheduled at the Dana Point Doubletree Hotel.
 
It was to be one in a series of forums the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission has hosted to field  public comment on San Onofre.
 
The plant has been closed since January after a small leak of radioactive steam, and passions run high on both sidesover whether the plant should re-open.
 
Now the meeting will have to wait.
 
NRC spokesman Victor Dricks says the agency was told the hotel no longer wanted to host the meeting because it was concerned attendees could disrupt other guests' visits.
 
But the hotel’s general manager, Rob Koscelnik, says he was simply concerned that the meeting space wouldn’t be big enough.
 
“Upon review of the group’s requirement, the Doubletree determined that the anticipated attendance exceeded the capacity of the hotel,”  Koscelnik says.

There’s been no date set yet for when the meeting will be re-scheduled.