SCE announces UCSD professor to serve as chair of committee during decommissioning of San Onofre Nuclear plant

SAN DIEGO – Southern California Edison announced today that UC San Diego professor David Victor will serve as chairman of a new Community Engagement Panel formed to educate and involve the public during the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Victor, 48, a professor of international relations and director of the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation at UCSD’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. He’s considered an expert on energy markets and is recognized as a forward-looking voice on critical energy issues, said Ron Litzinger, president of SCE, the plant’s majority owner.

”David Victor has the vision, leadership and experience to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to ensure the San Onofre decommissioning proceeds in a thoughtful and inclusive way,” Litzinger said. ”He shares our commitment to leave the community better off given that it has been home to San Onofre for the past 40 years.”

The nuclear power plant along the northern San Diego County coastline has been idle since January 2012, when a small, non-injury leak was discovered. Citing the costs of returning the two reactors to operation, Edison decided last June to shutter the facility.

Edison operated and owns the majority of the plant. San Diego Gas & Electric owned 20 percent of the facility and received one-fifth of its power.

Edison said the panel will serve as a conduit of information between the owners and the public.

Among the organizations that have accepted invitations to serve include the San Diego chapter of the American Nuclear Society, the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees, the city of Dana Point, the Laborers International Union of North America Local 89, the city of Oceanside, Orange County Coastkeeper, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the county of Orange, Residents Organized for a Safe Environment, the city of San Clemente, the county of San Diego, the city of San Juan Capistrano and the South Orange County Economic Coalition.

Camp Pendleton and the state Parks Department also plan to participate, according to the utility. Members representing academia and environmental research are being invited.

Victor said his work on the board of Electric Power Research Institute and as chairman of the institute’s advisory council for two years helped prepare him for the CEP role.

”To serve a broader public mission, it’s important to solicit views from a wide array of stakeholders,” Victor said. ”Because I served in that role at EPRI, I know firsthand the importance of being responsive to diverse voices to ensure broad public interests are served in a major undertaking like decommissioning San Onofre.”

The panel is expected to meet quarterly.

3 Responses to "SCE announces UCSD professor to serve as chair of committee during decommissioning of San Onofre Nuclear plant"

  1. DR DR   February 7, 2014 at 10:51 am

    We should all be involved in this, I mean ALL of us are in jeopardy of our health if there is any leakage-this is a nuclear weapon!

  2. FR86   February 7, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    I fail to see the value of having this sort of committee other than to placate the nucleophobs. SCE only considered it’s already abundant bottom line in the decommissioning of the plant. The cost of energy in SoCal only will increase by this action while SCE reaps more profits from the savings of not repairing and operating this facility. Oh and by the way a few thousand people are now unemployed as well.

    This energy panel would serve a better purpose if it provided a solution for an alternative to decommissioning an operating facility that had probably already paid for itself.

    It’s corporate greed personified

  3. Lee   February 11, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Nuclear power — we just love to play God. Obviously, it’s not working out all that well.


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