San Onofre nuclear plant evacuated due to brush fires

Source:Southern California Edison
Plant operators at the San Onofre nuclear plant have evacuated non-essential employees from the area in response to brush fires that have spread to nearby Camp Pendleton (Camp Pendleton Fire Department is working with Cal Fire, North County Fire, Orange County Fire, and Oceanside Fire to contain the Tomahawk fire on Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Photo: Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer)
Photo: Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer

As a precaution in response to brush fires at nearby Camp Pendleton on Wednesday, Southern California Edison (SCE) (NYSE:EIX) posted personnel at the south boundary of the San Onofre nuclear plant and evacuated 13 non-essential employees from that area.

Tom Palmisano, SCE vice president and chief nuclear officer, said SCE notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission resident inspector just before noon of the precautionary evacuation of the plant area known as the South Yard.

He said site personnel were dousing vegetation at the south boundary with water as a preventive measure. In addition, he said San Onofre has dispatched some of its personnel to Camp Pendleton to assist base personnel with firefighting efforts.

"We will continue to monitor the fires near Camp Pendleton and support firefighting efforts," Palmisano said. "The fires do not pose a safety issue at San Onofre at this time, but we continue to coordinate with regional agencies to ensure we remain apprised of evolving conditions."

San Onofre is currently shut down and preparing to decommission. SCE announced in June that it would retire San Onofre Units 2 and 3, and begin preparations to decommission the facility.

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