David Dodd 1:48 a.m., May 18
Task force formed on San Onofre restart plan
Panel consists of all federal officials, no public or utility company representation
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has formed a special task force to be called the San Onofre Review Panel, which will evaluate Southern California Edison’s proposal to restart one of the two long-idled nuclear reactors at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, the San Clemente Times is reporting.
The panel will include representatives from the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, the lead inspector at San Onofre, and Art Howell, the deputy regional administrator for the Commission’s District IV, which includes several other southwestern nuclear plants in addition to San Onofre. No representatives from Edison or the general public were invited to sit on the panel.
In other news, the Temecula City Council is being asked to take a position on the restart plan. Several other cities within the potential 50 mile evacuation zone in the event of a nuclear disaster have already weighed in, and the San Diego Unified School District even adopted a measure at the last board meeting in opposition to the plan.
“You are 24 miles downwind of San Onofre,” Solana Beach resident Torgan Johnson told the Council, Temecula Patch reports. “Many other cities have taken a stance on this issue.”