Funding Secured by Rep. Mike Levin Advances Department of Energy Move Towards Addressing Nation’s Spent Nuclear Fuel Challenge
San Onofre and other spent fuel sites could benefit from restart of consent-based siting program
Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a move towards addressing the nation’s spent nuclear fuel using funding secured by U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA), Co-Chair of the bipartisan Spent Nuclear Fuel Solutions Caucus. DOE issued a request for information to restart the consent-based siting process for locations that could store the spent fuel currently distributed across the country at nuclear plants like the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). Rep. Levin secured $20 million for this program in the government funding legislation signed into law at the end of 2020.
SCE Releases Strategic Plan for Relocation of San Onofre’s Spent Nuclear Fuel; New Coalition Launched to Catalyze Solutions
ROSEMEAD, Calif., March 15, 2021 — Southern California Edison distributed a three-volume set of plans supporting the offsite relocation of the spent nuclear fuel currently stored at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The strategies are outlined in the Action Plan, Strategic Plan and Conceptual Transportation Plan.To further build momentum toward commercially reasonable offsite storage or disposal solutions, and to urge the federal government to meet its legal obligations, SCE and the counties of Orange and San Diego announced the formation of a stakeholder coalition, Action for Spent Fuel Solutions Now.
Rep. Mike Levin Introduces Legislation to Foster Innovation in Storage and Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) introduced the Spent Nuclear Fuel Solutions Research and Development Act, H.R. 8258, to foster innovation in the storage and disposal of spent nuclear fuel. The bill would create a spent nuclear fuel research and development program at the Department of Energy, which would support options for dry cask storage, consolidated interim storage, deep geological storage and disposal, and used nuclear fuel transportation. In total, the program would be authorized at more than $500 million over five years.
ROSEMEAD, Calif., Aug. 7, 2020 — The decommissioning effort at the San Onofre nuclear plant achieved a major milestone today when the last of 73 spent nuclear fuel canisters was safely stored in the Holtec dry storage system. The fuel is now one step closer to being ready for relocation to an off-site facility when one becomes available. Currently, no such federally licensed facility exists.
Rep. Mike Levin Releases Report from San Onofre Task Force with Proposals to Improve Safety and Move Spent Nuclear Fuel from CA-49
San Juan Capistrano, CA – U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) released a report today by his San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) Task Force, which includes proposals from local stakeholders and experts to improve safety at the San Onofre facility and remove the spent nuclear fuel from the region. Rep. Levin formed the Task Force during his first month in office with the goal of driving solutions to move and safely store sensitive waste located at San Onofre. He appointed Rear Admiral Leendert “Len” Hering Sr., USN (Ret.) and former U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Gregory Jaczko to lead the Task Force as co-chairs.
San Juan Capistrano, CA – This Wednesday, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) will hold a virtual press conference to release a report by his San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) Task Force, a group of local stakeholders and experts he convened in January of 2019 to address the safety challenges at San Onofre. The Task Force, which is led by Rear Admiral Leendert “Len” Hering Sr., USN (Ret.) and former U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Gregory Jaczko, met on a regular basis for the past year with the goal of driving solutions to move and safely store sensitive waste located at San Onofre.
San Diego – Beginning Sunday, Sept. 1, a new fare structure for the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and the North County Transit District (NCTD) will go into effect.
Senator Bates Calls for Federal and State Assistance to Prevent Coastal Bluff Tragedies
SACRAMENTO – In the wake of the tragic bluff collapse in Encinitas earlier this month that took the lives of three people, Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she supports the efforts of U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, and U.S. Representative Mike Levin, to request the White House budget office approve funding that would help stabilize local bluffs. In a separate letter, Senator Bates also asks the California Coastal Commission to take steps that will help stabilize California’s bluffs and save lives.
PSA: There will be a second Neighborhood Meeting regarding the Beachfront resort.