Layoffs won't begin at San Onofre until nuclear fuel is removed from Unit 2 reactor core
June 8, 2013

Image by J. DeStefanoThe Capistrano Dispatch has reported that, even though Edison International has announced the permanent shutdown of its San Onofre Generating Station (SONGS) Unit 2 and 3 reactors:

"The plant’s 1,500 person staff will not be cut until its revised emergency preparedness and security plans, for a shutdown plant, are approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Craver said. Currently, the regulatory body views the plant as operational since Unit 2 still houses nuclear fuel."

Of course, as pointed out by Ace Hoffman, longtime San Onofre watchdog, in a Counterpunch article, even though the reactor risks are no more, the high-level radioactive waste risks remain.

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