Good news for surfers, and indeed anyone that lives anywhere remotely close to San Onofre State Beach, is that the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (S.O.N.G.S) will not be coming back online. Ever.
Southern California Edison announced that it will permanently shutter the troubled plant that looms over the popular surfing break of San Onofre. "The continuing uncertainty about when or if SONGS might return to service was not good for our customers, our investors, or the need to plan for our region's long-term electricity needs," said Ted Craver, Chairman and CEO of Edison International.
The plant has been inactive since January of 2012 when a radioactive gas leak prompted a shutdown of the plant. Surfers and activists have been calling for the plant's closure citing safety concerns and the facility's history of operational issues.