Items from retired nuclear plant up for grabs

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. – An auction at the decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Plant will get underway Wednesday.

Southern California Edison is teaming up with MRI Auctions Inc. to auction off various items including heavy machinery, testing equipment, hammers, file cabinets and more.

san-onofreSoCal Edison spokeswoman, Maureen Brown, said selling equipment of this nature is standard procedure at decommissioning industrial sites.

“It’s a really efficient way for us to reuse inventory and put this equipment in the hands of other companies that can put it to very good use,” Brown said. “Typically, the experts tell us at an auction like this, we would get cents on the dollar for the value of this equipment.”

Several companies have shown interest in some of the products including the computerized milling machine.

The three-day auction starting March 26 can also be accessed online where pictures and videos of the items are posted. To take part in the auction, contenders need to be pre-qualified and have cash.

Items left behind will likely be donated to the community and a company would haul the larger pieces of machinery if necessary.

“None of these components were involved in what the public would consider the radioactive side of the plant,” Brown said.

The controversial nuclear plant was permanently shut down in June 2013.