Fullerton is within the 50-mile radius of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (located at the edge of San Clemente, California) – Cities within the radius would be most highly affected by any accident at the plant owned by Southern California Edison.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a meeting to update the public and take their questions and comments on spent-fuel storage related issues. The “town hall” style meeting, will be held from 7pm to 8:30pm on August 20, 2019 at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center, 25925 Camino Del Avion.
Fuel loading operations were suspended last year following an Aug. 3, 2018, incident involving a loaded spent fuel storage canister that was misaligned and became stuck on a flange while being lowered into a storage vault. Information about the incident and NRC’s response is available on the NRC website.
Edison resumed fuel loading last month after the NRC determined operations could be safely resumed following extensive corrective actions by the company.
The plant was permanently shut down in 2013 following a series of incidents and public pressure but, discussions about how the spent fuel is to be stored have continued with resident groups objecting to flimsy canisters buried on-site so near the corrosive ocean and earthquake zones.