The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), operated by Southern California Edison (SCE), is located approximately 100 km (60 mi) south of Los Angeles, 6.5 km (4 mi) south of San Clemente, CA, between I-5 and the Pacific Ocean, within the Camp Pendleton military reserve boundary. The site consisted of three nuclear power plants originally. Unit 1 began operation in 1968 and was shut down in 1992. Units 2 and 3 ceased operations in June 2013 on a permanent basis. Unit 1 dismantling is basically complete. The turbine building was removed and the licensee completed internal segmentation and cut-up of the reactor pressure vessel; however, due to the size and weight of the vessel and shipping package, the licensee was unable to arrange for shipping the reactor pressure vessel to a disposal facility. The licensee is planning to store the vessel on site until Units 2 and 3 decommissioning activities allow it to be removed.
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