Our goal is to encourage the federal government to provide off-site storage and/or permanent disposal solutions for the spent nuclear fuel at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) and other nuclear sites across the state and nation, with input from stakeholders and engaged communities. SCE retired SONGS in 2013, but spent nuclear fuel continues to be stored on site with nowhere to send it.
Under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, the federal government was required by law and executed contracts with nuclear power providers to begin taking possession of and disposing spent nuclear fuel back in 1998. Today – more than two decades later – it has not yet fulfilled its legal and contractual obligations. Spent nuclear fuel can be safely stored on site at SONGS for decades, but SCE cannot complete decommissioning of the plant and restore the land until the federal government takes action to facilitate an off-site solution.
March 4, 2022 – Following the U.S. Department of Energy’s restart of the federal spent nuclear fuel management program in December, Action for Spent Fuel Solutions Now today submitted input on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Request for Information (RFI) on Using a Consent-Based Siting Process to Identify Federal Interim Storage Facilities. Pursuing consent from potential host communities up front is an international best practice and likely the most reliable approach to establishing offsite facilities to accept the nation’s spent fuel. We appreciate the DOE’s renewed action to develop solutions and provide for the removal of spent fuel from our coastline.