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Issa Presses CA Coastal Commission To Move SONGS Hearing to San Diego

Press Release
Jun 13, 2017

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista) is pressing the California Coastal Commission to move its upcoming August hearing on Southern California Edison’s plans to store the nuclear waste from the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station on site, from their currently scheduled meeting location in Malibu to a location closer to San Diego and Orange Counties. 

The Commission recently announced it would be postponing its previously scheduled hearing on this topic until August and moving it from Monterey to Malibu, but the plan still leaves our community, who will be directly affected by plans to store the nuclear waste just off the beach in North County San Diego, potentially unable to attend or forced to drive more than 100 miles just to participate in this discussion.

In his letter, Congressman Issa writes to the Commission: “My Congressional district is home to SONGS. The Station’s position near the populous Orange and San Diego Counties makes the storage of approximately 3.6 million pounds of high-level nuclear waste at SONGS a personal concern to this region… I strongly urge this meeting be relocated so that all in my community may have the chance to be heard.”

So far, the California Coastal Commission has resisted efforts to move the meeting to a closer location claiming that, "moving the August meeting at this late date is not feasible," but given the level of public concern, there is still more than ample time to find a new location or to add a second hearing date in our area to give all the chance to weigh in. 

His Full Letter Can Be Read Here

BACKGROUND: Congressman Issa has been leading the fight to get the nuclear waste at San Onofre removed from our community. Earlier this year he introduced the “Interim Consolidated Storage Act of 2017” which would allow the Department of Energy to move the nuclear waste away from San Onofre and into safe, interim consolidated nuclear storage facility outside of our community until the permanent repository at Yucca Mountain is completed.
 
Congressman Issa’s bill is supported by the City of Encinitas, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Mayors of OceansideHuntington BeachLaguna BeachSan Clemente and Seal Beach through the Concerned Coastal Communities Coalition and the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club
 
In May, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the California Coastal Commission would be postponing its hearing on this topic from July to August and moving it from Monterey to Malibu.
 
The drive from San Onofre to Malibu is roughly 100 miles long.

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