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The delicate dance of decommissioning the San Onofre nuclear plant

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View of the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant in north San Diego County The San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant sits at the edge of the Pacific Ocean on a 84-acre site between San Diego and Orange County and provides much of Southern California its power. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

At a public hearing tonight in Carlsbad, California, the public will get their first glimpse at what decommissioning the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will entail. Is the public interested in knowing more?

Well, if it’s any indication of the level of concern, the meeting will take place at 6:00 p.m. at the Omni La Costa Hotel in a room that can hold 2,000. The topic of where the nuclear waste from the plant will be stored, and environmental groups are very concerned about how the delicate process of taking the operation offline will be handled.

Do you think storing the waste onsite is the right way to proceed? If it’s not stored onsite, where should it go? Has the drama of San Onofre put a bad taste in your mouth about nuclear power?


Ed Joyce, KPCC’s Orange County reporter

Bruce Watson, Chief of the Reactor Decommissioning Branch, United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission

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