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San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station - Units 2 and 3

1.0 Site Identification

Type of Site: Power Reactor Facility
Location: San Clemente, CA
License No.: Unit 2: NPF-10
Unit 3: NFP-15
Docket No.: 50-361
Project Manager: Brian Benney

2.0 Site Status Summary

On June 7, 2013, Southern California Edison (SCE) announced plans to permanently retire Units 2 and 3 at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).  The NRC staff is establishing an inspection and oversight program that is appropriate for the licensee’s proposed decommissioning activities.

As one of the conditions for an operating license, the NRC requires the licensee to decommission the nuclear plant after it ceases operations.  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has strict rules governing nuclear power plant decommissioning, involving cleanup of radioactively contaminated plant systems and structures, and the removal of the radioactive fuel.  These requirements protect workers and the public during the entire decommissioning process and the public after the license is terminated. 

3.0 Major Technical or Regulatory Issues

The following milestones are tentative and offered to promote an understanding of the key events that will occur as the NRC conducts its independent review.  Specific dates listed are subject to change.  The milestones provided apply to both Units 2 and 3 unless otherwise noted.  Updated information on these activities will be provided as it becomes available.

Milestone Expected Date
• Public Meeting to Discuss Decommissioning Process September 26, 2013
• Licensee Submittal of Certification of Permanent Cessation of Operations June 12, 2013
• Removal of Fuel from Unit 2 and Licensee Submittal of Certification of Permanent Fuel Removal July 22, 2013
• NRC Transition to Oversight per Manual Chapter 2561, “Decommissioning Power Reactor Inspection Program” June 28,2013 (Unit 3)
July 22, 2013 (Unit 2)
• NRC Review and Approval of Defueled Technical Specifications TBD
• Licensee Submittal of Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report and Local Public Meeting Required by June 2015
• Licensee Submittal of License Termination Plan and License Amendment Request 2 years prior to expected termination of license
• License Termination and Completion of Decommissioning Activities TBD (required within 60 years)

4.0 Estimated Date For Closure


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