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At Issa Request, Coastal Commission Agrees To Move Briefing on San Onofre Nuclear Waste to San Diego

In The News
Jul 6, 2017

NOTE: "Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, had sent a letter to commissioners last month calling for the meeting [on the nuclear waste at San Onofre] to be moved to the San Diego area.

'I’m glad the commission finally came to their senses and moved this meeting somewhere we all can participate,' Issa said in an email Thursday. 'Despite what the commission said the first time around, it’s clear that moving the meeting to our area wasn’t only feasible, it was the right thing to do.'"

Coastal Commission moves briefing on San Onofre nuclear waste to San Diego
San Diego Union-Tribune
July 6, 2017
By: Rob Nikolewski
http://bit.ly/2uPOdIr

Responding to complaints from residents living near the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, the California Coastal Commission has decided to hold an informational hearing about the nuclear waste at the plant’s site in San Diego, instead of the Los Angeles area.

"We decided to move the San Onofre informational hearing to our regularly scheduled meeting in San Diego in October to accommodate the most members of the public possible,” said Coastal Commission public information officer Noaki Schwartz.Commission meetings typically run over a three-day period each month in locations across the state.

Originally, the commission had decided to discuss issues surrounding the now-shuttered nuclear plant at its Aug. 9-11 meeting in Malibu (which has since been moved to Calabasas).

But a number of people complained that the meeting should be located in an area closer to the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) so more people living near the plant could attend.

Last month, the commission said moving the August meeting "is not feasible" because meeting sites are approved and planned one year in advance.

But Schwartz said the commission decided to simply roll the SONGS discussion to its next scheduled meeting in the San Diego area, which is Oct. 11-13. The specific location, as well as date, for the SONGS discussion, has not yet been announced.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, had sent a letter to commissioners last month calling for the meeting to be moved to the San Diego area.

"I'm glad the commission finally came to their senses and moved this meeting somewhere we all can participate," Issa said in an email Thursday. "Despite what the commission said the first time around, it's clear that moving the meeting to our area wasn't only feasible, it was the only right thing to do."

The October meeting will give the public a chance to hear from commissioners, who in October 2015 approved a 20-year permit to expand a storage system for spent nuclear fuel at SONGS.

Representatives of the facility's operator, Southern California Edison, will also be on hand.

The Coastal Commission is also working to line up a representative from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to speak.

Schwartz said members of the public can speak at the meeting, provided they fill out a speakers slip. Comments can also be submitted online at SanOnofreComments@coastal.ca.gov.

October's meeting will also be live-streamed on the Coastal Commission website.

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