In-fighting breaks out among people hoping to move nuclear waste off San Onofre – Orange County Register

This Google Earth image shows how close the expanded dry storage area for spent nuclear waste will be to the shoreline at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. (Image courtesy of Google Earth)
There are 90 spent fuel pools at more than 70 reactors scattered across the nation. In California, millions of pounds of waste have been cooling at the San Onofre and Diablo Canyon nuclear plant sites for years. San Onofre is at less risk than other sites, officials said, because it has not produced new waste since its reactors ceased operating in 2012. But if water drains from the pools, fire remains a real threat, the researchers said.
With the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station as a backdrop Huy Pham of San Juan Capistrano walks south along the beach at San Onofre State Beach early Friday morning after it was announced that the nuclear plant will be closing permanently. When asked what he thought of the plant closing, Pham replied,”That’s awesome. I glad to hear that.”<br />/// ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 06/07/13 – Mark Rightmire, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

A ferocious split has erupted within the ranks of those who oppose a “nuclear waste dump” at San Onofre, and the debate is likely to to spill over at Thursday night’s quarterly meeting of the San Onofre Community Engagement Panel in Oceanside.

The panel  – a volunteer group advising Southern California Edison on the tear-down of the shuttered nuclear power plant – has become a lightning rod for anger over the federal government’s decades-long quest to create a safe, permanent home for deadly nuclear waste. Its meetings can be fiery.

On Thursday, the panel is slated to discuss, again, the dry cask storage system that’s under construction to hold 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste until a better solution is found. Until recently, critics were mostly united in demanding that Edison move the waste off the bluff just yards from the ocean immediately.

That changed last week, when Citizens Oversight, a…

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