“Everything you see around you is essentially scrap.”
Ron Pontes, manager of decommissioning environmental strategy at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and I were standing on the grated steel floor on the second level of what was once a fully-operating nuclear power plant. I looked between my toes as my hard hat shifted on top of my skull. Past my plastic protective glasses, I could see through the grating to the first level, fifteen-or-so feet below us. Mild acrophobia set in.
“Now, when this was in operation there would have been hundreds of people pouring in and out of here at any given time, not to mention the whirring of machinery,” Ron continued. “When Southern California Edison elected to close the plant, staff was significantly reduced.”