San Onofre & Nuclear Energy Oversight

One of Rep. Levin’s top priorities is increasing oversight and accountability at the decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), and moving the spent nuclear fuel out of the region as quickly and safely as possible. 

One of Rep. Levin’s first actions as a Member of Congress was to launch a task force made up of local stakeholders and experts to address the safety challenges at SONGS and formulate policy recommendations to address the hazardous waste. The task force is led by former Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Gregory Jaczko and Rear Admiral Leendert “Len” Hering Sr., USN (Ret). To read the task force's report, click here

The SONGS site faces unique and precarious challenges, with millions of people living nearby, active fault lines running through the region, and rising sea levels. Rep. Levin introduced the Spent Fuel Prioritization Act to prioritize the removal of spent nuclear fuel from decommissioned nuclear sites in areas with large populations and high seismic hazard. With over nine million people living within 50 miles of SONGS, and Southern California experiencing some of the greatest seismic hazard in the country, the bill would make San Onofre one of the highest priority sites in the nation for spent nuclear fuel removal. He has also advocated to fund the consolidated interim storage program at the Department of Energy and cosponsored the STORE Nuclear Fuel Act of 2019, directing the Secretary of Energy to create a program for the interim storage of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel.

He has consistently pressured the NRC to increase safety and accountability measures at SONGS, and met with NRC Chair Kristine Svinicki to express his constituents’ strong desire for greater oversight at the facility. 

Rep. Levin will continue to fight for action from the federal government to address the storage of spent nuclear fuel across the country, and will remain in constant contact with local stakeholders regarding the future of SONGS.

For more information concerning Rep. Levin's work and views related to SONGS and nuclear energy, please contact our office.

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July 31, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed a government funding package that includes an amendment U.S. Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA) introduced to prevent the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) from removing inspectors from nuclear power plants while spent nuclear fuel is being transferred from spent fuel pools to dry cask storage. His amendment was introduced in response to the NRC’s refusal to assign a resident inspector to the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, and the NRC’s decision to skip multiple monthly onsite inspections this year.

March 30, 2020 Press Release

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) wrote to Edison International President and Chief Executive Officer Pedro J. Pizarro with questions regarding operations at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rep. Levin also posed a series of questions regarding the recent release of 7,000 gallons of sewage from the SONGS site.