Highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel will be stored onsite at San Onofre for the foreseeable future. SoCal Edison will save untold $millions should the public be swayed to trust in Edison’s promises that their thin-walled dry canister storage system can’t fail and that a national repository will magically materialize in time to save the day. Safe nuclear waste storage activists want the waste moved now to more robust, thick-walled casks with safety features lacking in thin-walled canisters.
Since the retirement of the nuclear reactors at San Onofre in 2013, activists have turned their attention to spent nuclear fuel storage at SONGS. In doing so, they’ve painted a picture that isn’t accurate, omits facts, and only serves to mislead the public about this very safe practice.
In giving Southern California Edison permission to proceed with removing the cooling pools at SONGS, the California Coastal Commission is green-lighting eliminating the only means whereby the highly radioactive contents of a failing thin-walled dry storage canister could be repackaged into another canister. Local nuclear safety advocates are outraged.