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San Onofre Nuclear Plant Installs Radiation Monitoring System

The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has unveiled a monitoring system that collects readings of the radiation emitted by the used-up nuclear fuel that is housed in a newly constructed storage facility at the plant.

Three monitors feed information directly to the California Department of Public Health’s Radiologic Health Branch, which will post a monthly report on the data to the department’s website for the public to access. The readings will also be sent to California State Parks and the city of San Juan Capistrano.

Demolition Of San Onofre Nuclear Plant Comes Before Coastal Commission In The Fall

When the iconic domes of San Onofre’s nuclear reactors are finally demolished, “significant amounts of foundation, footings, and other existing material” are expected to remain, unseen, beneath the bluff on the ocean — at least until its stranded nuclear waste finds another home.

In October, the California Coastal Commission will consider Southern California Edison’s application to remove large portions of the above- and below-grade elements of the silent twin reactors, along with associated infrastructure, and cover what’s left with backfill.

That above-ground demolition work is scheduled to be completed within the next decade — but Edison wants to leave the below-ground structures in place until the waste is finally moved.

Nuclear Waste From San Onofre Would Get First Dibs For Relocation Under New Bill

A congressional bill that would prioritize the removal of nuclear waste from places with high population and high seismic activity — that is, San Onofre — was introduced Thursday, May 23, by U.S. Rep. Mike Levin, D-San Juan Capistrano. Some 9 million people live within 50 miles of the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station. About 20 million live within 50 miles of New York’s Indian Point reactors, which are about to be decommissioned.