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Waste disposal at San Onofre plant

While engineers insist the spent gasoline is saved protected on location at San Onofre, the transfer to discover a extra everlasting storage location is underway.

SAN DIEGO — The Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy paid a go to to the San Onofre nuclear website Thursday to debate the seek for options on nuclear waste storage. 

“We know how to store nuclear waste safely,” stated Secretary Jennifer Granholm. “The question is where we do it.” 

A stalemate has plagued this subject for many years, however they’re hoping to make progress to find an interim storage location for the spent nuclear gasoline sitting in cannisters at San Onofre. 

“This facility is unique in that it stores nuclear waste just feet from our Pacific Ocean, near earthquake fault lines, surrounded by highly populated areas, and located on property owned by Camp Pendleton,” stated Congressman Mike Levin. 

In December, the Department of Energy put out an RFI, or request for data, in the hunt for potential relocation websites for spent nuclear gasoline. They acquired over 200 responses. 

“We know that housing these operations is not for everybody,” stated Secretary Granholm. “But they do bring jobs.  They do bring economic opportunities and some communities find that intriguing.” 

As far as monetary incentives, Secretary Granholm didn’t title any particular greenback quantities, however she did point out that this administration would compensate any host communities with federal money. 

“Some communities have raised their hand to have these conversations, so I’m confident that we’ll get there,” stated Secretary Granholm. 

At the San Onofre website, spent nuclear gasoline is saved within the type of small pellets. 

“The pellets are actually a ceramic material like glass, very, very hard, very durable,” stated Jerry Stephenson, Engineering Manager at San Onofre. “There’s nothing like in the Simpsons where you see the green goo. There’s none of that.  It’s all solid material.” 

The pellets are saved inside bigger cannisters. The entirety of all of the nuclear waste produced by the San Onofre reactors over a 40-year interval sits in 123 cannisters on-site. 

“Nuclear power makes a very small volume of waste,” stated Stephenson. “After running for decades, all of the spent fuel from making a tremendous amount of electricity for decades is contained here.” 

While engineers insist the spent gasoline is saved protected on location at San Onofre, the transfer to discover a extra everlasting storage location is underway. 

“The current system of spent nuclear fuel storage is not sustainable, particularly for sites that no longer have operating reactors and could be redeveloped for other and better uses,” stated Congressman Levin. 

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