SCE Awards San Onofre Spent Fuel Strategic Plan Contract to North Wind

ROSEMEAD, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Southern California Edison today awarded a consulting contract to North
Wind, Inc.
to develop a strategic plan that will assess the
feasibility of relocating spent nuclear fuel at the San Onofre nuclear
plant to a commercially reasonable, off-site facility.

SCE is committed to the safe,
secure storage of spent nuclear fuel
, recognizing that efforts to
relocate San Onofre’s spent nuclear fuel off-site must proceed in a
thoughtful, forward-thinking and responsible way, ensuring that relevant
interests are recognized and heard. Moving San Onofre’s spent nuclear
fuel off-site is a top priority for SCE, as is safely managing the fuel
while it is on-site. There is currently no federally licensed facility
to receive spent nuclear fuel from a commercial nuclear energy site.

The North Wind consultants will work in concert with SCE and its Experts
Team, which will support development of the strategic plan by reviewing
North Wind’s work during the anticipated 20-month timeframe of the
contract. The Experts Team is chaired by Tom Isaacs, former Department
of Energy Office of Policy director, and includes former Nuclear
Regulatory Commission chairman Allison Macfarlane, both of whom have
expertise in spent fuel siting and licensing, as well as nationally
recognized leaders in radiation science, spent nuclear fuel
transportation and nuclear engineering. North Wind will also engage
with a broad range of stakeholders
to learn their preferences and
attitudes about spent nuclear fuel and its eventual disposition.

SCE looks forward to the development of a strategic plan that brings us
closer to long-term solutions for moving spent nuclear fuel off-site,”
said Kevin Walker, SCE senior vice president for Customer and
Operational Services. “The North Wind team is uniquely qualified to lead
this effort and provide a roadmap that will benefit the local community,
SCE customers, other stakeholders and the nuclear energy industry

To develop the strategic plan, North Wind assembled a team of experts
possessing many decades of experience with spent nuclear fuel. The team
has a depth of expertise in all aspects of this work, including policy
and legal analysis, regulatory strategies and compliance, stakeholder
engagement, fuel handling and transportation logistics and commercial
and financial analysis. Former Energy secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz will
lend his considerable expertise to developing the strategic plan.

SCE launched this effort following a 2017 settlement agreement related
to the permitting of the on-site expanded spent fuel storage
installation. SCE is optimistic that the strategic plan will set forth
practical steps that SCE can and will take to support efforts to
relocate San Onofre spent fuel to an off-site, licensed facility.

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is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population
of approximately 15 million via 5 million customer accounts in a
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