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ROSEMEAD, Calif., May 14, 2014 — As a precaution in response to brush fires at nearby Camp Pendleton on Wednesday, Southern California Edison (SCE) relocated 13 employees from the south boundary of the San Onofre nuclear plant to other facilities on site.
Tom Palmisano, SCE vice president and chief nuclear officer, said SCE notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission resident inspector just before noon of the precautionary actions at the plant area known as the South Yard.
He said site personnel were dousing vegetation at the south boundary with water as a preventive measure. In addition, he said San Onofre has dispatched some of its personnel to Camp Pendleton to assist base personnel with firefighting efforts.
“We will continue to monitor the fires near Camp Pendleton and support firefighting efforts,” Palmisano said. “The fires do not pose a safety issue at San Onofre at this time, but we continue to coordinate with regional agencies to ensure we remain apprised of evolving conditions.”
San Onofre is currently shut down and preparing to decommission. SCE announced June 7 that it would retire San Onofre Units 2 and 3, and begin preparations to decommission the facility. For more information about decommissioning San Onofre and to opt-in for automatic e-mail updates, visit www.songscommunity.com.
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An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California. (Updated 6/12/14)