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California wildfires, Coastal Commission and SONGS - Fall Update

Greetings, Coastal Advocates!

It has been a busy fall in the policy world. Last week, we attended the California Coastal Commission meeting in San Francisco and provided input and comments on several important topics. Additionally, we are tracking the latest activity at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and have met with Southern California Edison in order to glean more information about their safety procedures and extreme hazard risks. Read on for more information.

But first, a moment of solidarity and silence for all those impacted by the recent wildfires throughout California. Here are a few ideas as to how you can help.

November Coastal Commission Report

The November Coastal Commission meeting took place on Wednesday, Nov. 7 through Friday, Nov. 9 at the Aquarium of the Bay.  Your ActCoastal team was there, as always, to track key items that may affect our California coast. The November meeting agenda included decisions on environmental justice, sea level rise, public access, coastal armoring and more. Items we are tracked include:

  • W7d - Sea Level Rise Science Update
  • W7f – Environmental Justice Draft Policy
  • Th11a – Orange County Ocean Outlets Maintenance Manual Update
  • Th16a – Pacific Coast Grill Expansion
  • F8a – Fort Bragg Soil Placement and Coastal Trail
  • F9a – Informational Briefing on Offshore Wind

The full report will be posted shortly on ActCoastal's website. Don't forget to check the Vote Chart for key conservation votes. You can read last month's full meeting report here. Sign up for ActCoastal newsletter on the homepage!

San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (SONGS) Update

  • On August 3, 2018, a canister loaded with spent nuclear fuel got caught on an inner ring while being loaded into an onsite, coastal dry storage structure at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, and almost dropped 18 feet. This “near-miss” triggered an onsite inspection by a federal oversight agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Here is our recent blog with more information.
  • The NRC presented results of an investigation of the incident during an online webinar last Thursday. Here is a write-up on the webinar, from the San Diego Union Tribune. We plan to post a follow up blog, shortly. Stay tuned!