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Nuke Shut Down: Edison Taps UC Prof as Liaison to Public

David Victor will serve as chairman of a new Community Engagement Panel formed to educate and involve the public.

San Onofre Nuclear Power Generating Station. Photo courtesy SCE.
San Onofre Nuclear Power Generating Station. Photo courtesy SCE.

Originally posted at 1:12 p.m. Feb. 6, 2014.

Southern California Edison announced today that UC San Diego professor David Victor will serve as chairman of a new Community Engagement Panel formed to educate and involve the public during the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Victor, 48, a professor of international relations and director of the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation at UCSD's School of International Relations and Pacific Studies.

He's considered an expert on energy markets and is recognized as forward-looking on critical energy issues, according to Ron Litzinger, president of Rosemead-based SCE, the plant's majority owner.

“David Victor has the vision, leadership and experience to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to ensure the San Onofre decommissioning proceeds in a thoughtful and inclusive way,” Litzinger said. “He shares our commitment to leave the community better off given that it has been home to San Onofre for the past 40 years.”

The nuclear power plant along the northern San Diego County coastline near Orange County has been idle since January 2012, when a small, non-injury leak was discovered. Citing the costs of returning the two reactors to operation, Edison decided last June to shut down the facility.

Edison operated and owns the majority of the plant. San Diego Gas & Electric owned 20 percent.

Edison said the panel will serve as a conduit of information between the owners and the public.

Victor said his work on the board of Electric Power Research Institute and as chairman of the institute's advisory council for two years helped prepare him for the CEP role.

“To serve a broader public mission, it's important to solicit views from a wide array of stakeholders,” Victor said. “Because I served in that role at EPRI, I know firsthand the importance of being responsive to diverse voices to ensure broad public interests are served in a major undertaking like decommissioning San Onofre.”

The panel was expected to meet quarterly.

--City News Service

Donna Fleming February 06, 2014 at 05:19 PM
Penny, do we know yet, how much this expert will cost the city of San Juan Capistrano? They just announced SDG & E decision to close down the plant. Did the city send this position out for bid?
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 06, 2014 at 05:22 PM
This has nothing to do with the city.
Donna Fleming February 06, 2014 at 06:05 PM
A report was presented at the city council meeting on Tuesday eve on the decommision of SON's and what, if any, our input should be? I assumed they assigned someone to research, where to dispose of waste, how to contain it, and how to transport waste in a safe way. We wouldn't want to spill nuclear waste being transported away from San Onofre on the 5 freeway.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 06, 2014 at 06:15 PM
I'm saying the city has no financial role in this.
Donna Fleming February 06, 2014 at 07:05 PM
So our city will not be hiring experts? Okay. Good.
Shripathi Kamath February 06, 2014 at 08:04 PM
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 06, 2014 at 05:22 PM This has nothing to do with the city. ____________________________________________________ Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 06, 2014 at 06:15 PM I'm saying the city has no financial role in this. __________________________________________________ Obviously common sense dictates that some city council member should be held responsible for wasting taxpayer money like this by hiring an expert and hiding the fact that they have hired one. Which one, Penny?

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