NUKES Catch 22
NO Bucks for NUKES
US District Judge Janis L. Sammartino dismissed the lawsuit filed by Public Watchdog against Southern California Edison, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and other involved in the operation of decommissioning activities at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station because “Plaintiff does not have Article III standing to bring any claim because it has not suffered an injury in fact.” (Case No. 19-CV-1635 JLS; US District Court, Southern District of CA) This ruling means that high risk activities acknowledged by the court cannot be remedied until a disaster resulting in personal injury (e.g. to 8 million local residents) has occurred. The suit was dismissed with prejudice, meaning that an amended complaint cannot be filed.
Rep. Mike Levin (D-49th) requested appropriations in the amount of $25 million for the development of a consolidated interim storage program, which would include $5 million to reinitiate regional transportation coordination to plan how to improve rail infrastructure to allow nuclear waste from San Onofre to be transported east to an interim storage site. Unfortunately, this was not included in the final appropriations package, which provided no funding to the Department of Energy for dealing with the nuclear waste problem that grows each year as older nuclear generating stations are shut down.
Assembly Bill 1486, which aims to build affordable homes on public lands, began to take effect January 1, 2020. This bill applies to both the City of Del Mar and the Fairgrounds. It requires both to list surplus undeveloped parcels that can be used for affordable housing. After January 1, 2021, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) will require annual reporting of each undeveloped parcel that will be added to a state inventory. This bill will make it easier to develop affordable housing on the Fairgrounds property, but it will also make it easier for HCD to require high density development on the North Bluffs property if Measure G fails.
The voter-approved 941 mixed use project at the site of the old gas station on 10th is well into final engineering and layout stages. Look for permit applications within the next two months.