Congressman presses DOE for hearing on nuclear waste storage

The Associated Press

A congressman wants the Energy Department to hold a forum in Southern California — where the San Onofre nuclear power plant is being dismantled — to discuss how the nation should handle its nuclear waste.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A congressman wants the Energy Department to hold a forum in Southern California — where the San Onofre nuclear power plant is being dismantled — to discuss how the nation should handle its nuclear waste.

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa says in a letter to DOE that residents are deeply concerned about the scheduled storage of 3.6 million pounds of high-level nuclear waste at the seaside site of the twin reactors, which were closed permanently in 2013.

The agency is holding meetings around the country to discuss the storage of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste and Issa wants his district added.

Environmentalists have depicted San Onofre as a nuclear waste dump that could leak or be damaged by flooding or an earthquake.

Federal regulators say the storage is safe.

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