Edison names 14 members of San Onofre nuclear plant advisory panel

Sun sets on San Onofre nuclear plant

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The owners of the San Onofre nuclear plant Thursday named 14 members of a new advisory panel on the decommissioning of the facility. (Photo: The sun sets behind the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in northern San Diego County).

Southern California Edison on Thursday named the members of a new panel to provide input as the decommissioning of the San Onofre nuclear power plant goes forward.

SCE announced in June that it would retire the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. At the time of the announcement, the plant had been shut down since January 2012 after a small radiation leak  led to the discovery of unusually rapid wear on tubes that carry radioactive water in the plant's two reactors. Inspections found wear from friction and vibration in 15,000 places, in varying degrees, in 3,401 tubes inside four replacement generators.

In a news release, SCE said that David G. Victor, a UC San Diego professor and expert on energy markets, will serve as chairman of a new Community Engagement Panel "to foster public education and involvement during the decommissioning of the San Onofre nuclear plant."

SCE said Victor, 48, is a professor of international relations and director of the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation at UCSD's School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. 

SCE said the panel will serve as a conduit of information between the plant owners and the public.

According to the release, organizations and their representatives that have accepted invitations to serve on the CEP include: American Nuclear Society, San Diego Chapter (Edward “Ted” Quinn); Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees (President John Alpay); Dana Point (Mayor Lisa Bartlett); Laborers International Union of North America Local 89 (Valentine “Val” Macedo); Oceanside (City Councilmember Jerome M. “Jerry” Kern); Orange County Coastkeeper (Garry Brown); Orange County Sheriff's Department (Donna Boston); Orange County (Supervisor Pat Bates); Residents Organized for a Safe Environment (Gene Stone); San Clemente (Mayor Tim Brown); San Diego County (Supervisor Bill Horn); San Juan Capistrano (Mayor Sam Allevato); and South Orange County Economic Coalition (Jim Leach).

The company said other members will come from  the California State Parks, Camp Pendleton and other organizations.  

SCE also announced that Chris Thompson, vice president of decommissioning, will oversee the San Onofre process. The company said Thompson joined Edison last August and was previously was chief of staff to California Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

The current owners of San Onofre are SCE, San Diego Gas and Electric and the city of Riverside. SCE said the city of Anaheim was a previous owner and that current and previous owners are responsible for decommissioning.

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