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UCSD Professor To Lead Community Panel On Decommissioning San Onofre

— A UC San Diego professor will help keep the public informed about the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant. David Victor was picked for the job by Southern California Edison, the plant's majority owner.

Southern California Edison has picked a UC San Diego professor to lead a group focused on the decommissioning of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

Photo by David McNew

The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station at San Onofre State Beach in a 2012 photo.

Victor is an international relations professor and the director of the UCSD Laboratory on International Law and Regulation.

He is seen widely as an authority on energy markets.

Southern California Edison is the power plant's majority owner. Utility officials said Victor was picked to lead the panel because he has the vision, leadership and experience to bring together a diverse group of concerned people.

"He's got the high-level policy grasp," Maureen Brown, spokeswoman for Southern California Edison, said. "He's got the community base experience. And he's had this experience listening to, and monitoring, and responding to, a wide array of voices."

Victor will serve as the conduit between stakeholders and the utility, according to Brown.

San Onofre stopped generating electricity just over two years ago after a leak led to the discovery of faulty steam generators. Southern California Edison spent more than a year considering how to restart the power plant before deciding to close it permanently last summer.

The decommissioning process could take decades.

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