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Feds Say San Onofre Nuclear Fuel Transfers Can Resume

Photo of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station taken on April 5, 2019.

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Above: Photo of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station taken on April 5, 2019.

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Federal regulators are allowing operators of a closed Southern California nuclear power plant to resume transferring nuclear waste to a storage facility.

Aired: May 23, 2019 | Transcript

Federal regulators are allowing operators of a closed Southern California nuclear power plant to resume transferring nuclear waste to a storage facility.

The San Diego Union-Tribune says the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to take canisters of waste from cooling pools to a safer dry bunker at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

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Transfers were halted nearly a year ago after a 50-ton canister of spent fuel was left hanging and at risk of being dropped rather than lowered 18 feet into a storage vault. The plant operator, Southern California Edison, calls the NRC decision an "important milestone" but didn't say when transfers will resume.

Twenty-nine canister have been moved into dry storage but 44 remain.

The power plant has been closed since 2012.

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