Millions of pounds of hazardous nuclear waste buried under a California beach – The Hill

The story at a glance:

  • San Onofre Beach sits on 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste.
  • The county is allocating $100,000 to dispose of the waste.
  • The site is exposed to the risk of erosion and possible earthquakes.

San Onofre State Beach has 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste buried below, a byproduct of a closed nuclear plant, The Guardian reports.

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On August 19, the San Diego Board of Supervisors voted to allocate $100,000 to push to move the waste to a federally licensed facility, The San Diego Union Grandstand reports.

initiative, Action for Spent Fuel Solutions Now, is a coalition aimed to lobby the federal government to provide offsite storage or disposal solutions for nuclear fuel from the San Onofre nuclear plant.


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the The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is a now closed plant made up of three nuclear reactors and owned primarily by the Southern California utility Edison, according to The Guardian.

The San Diego County Resolution supports Orange County, SCE, SDG&E, Capistrano School District and the City of San Clemente in the coalition.

“Finding a solution is essential for our community, our state and our county,” said County Supervisor Jim Desmondaccording to the San Diego Tribune.

“San Onofre’s waste is a threat to our community and as we work to eliminate it, our priority is to ensure the integrity of on-site storage and the safety of our residents as we work night and day to eliminate it. of our beaches,” says Lawson-Remer. “So I think this is a great opportunity to join others in our region who are facing a similar set of challenges.”

There are also 35 states struggling with similar issues, the Union Tribune reported.

The waste is buried about 100 feet from shore, according to The Guardian, near one of the busiest highways and next to a fault line that could generate an earthquake. The Guardian reports that the site could be exposed to erosion.


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Posted on August 25, 2021

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