An inside source provided a picture snapped inside the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) showing plastic bags, masking tape and broom sticks used to stem a massive leaky pipe. See video here.
Help San Clement Green collect the 5,000 signatures needed to keep the pressure on SCE to keep SONGS closed! Click here to sign. After you sign the petition, please scroll down the page to take the poll. Or Click here to take the poll.
Senator Barbara Boxer urges NRC not to take action on the restart of SONGS.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 3, 2013
CONTACT: Kendra Ulrich, (202) 222-0715; Bill Walker, (510) 759-9911
Edison expects to shut down and restart reactor repeatedly over next two years 'Disgraceful' scheme for risky nuclear experiment could begin June 1
WASHINGTON, April 3 - In an extraordinary admission, Southern California Edison said today that as part of the experimental plan to restart one of the crippled San Onofre nuclear reactors, the utility expects to have to shut it down and restart it four or five times in the next two years. Edison also confirmed that it will ask the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to approve an amendment to their operating license, which would mean a public hearing would be only held after the decision is made.
Friends of the Earth said the proposal is disgraceful -- another example of Edison putting profits before safety and treating legitimate public concerns, and those of independent nuclear engineers, about safety with disregard and contempt.
In a meeting at NRC headquarters, Edison announced that it wants the NRC to approve the request in time to restart the damaged unit 2 reactor by June 1 and wants the license to cover two years of operation. If those requests are granted, the NRC could approve the license before any public hearings.
NRC officials indicated their decision will rely on Edison's technical evidence as submitted. What it shows is that if the reactor is restarted, the already damaged steam tubes will vibrate, suffer further wear and potentially burst in 6 to 13 months -- well before the two year time frame Edison has proposed.
"Yet again Edison is putting profits before safety," said Kendra Ulrich, nuclear campaigner for Friends of the Earth. "To propose an experiment in which the damaged reactor is repeatedly turned on and off shows a disgraceful contempt for public safety. With more than 8 million people living near this reactor, the NRC must act to protect the public, reject this reckless request, and commit to a full public hearing process before they make any decision."
Friends of the Earth commissioned an in-depth technical analysis from a world-renowned nuclear engineer, John Large of Large & Associates in London. The analysis, released Tuesday and to be filed with the NRC, shows that Edison has yet to provide convincing evidence that it knows the full reasons or root cause of the severe wear damage in its steam generators. The problems remain unresolved and un-repaired, and the damage will continue if the NRC allows the reactor to be restarted. In fact, Edison's own experts hired by the utility to examine the problems disagree with one another as to the cause of the damage and the time left before a tube burst accident.
Letters from a coalition of grassroots organizations in Southern California, as well as national organizations, have been sent to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), calling on them to use their influential positions on committees overseeing the NRC to demand a comprehensive license amendment process that includes all safety issues and the opportunity for full public hearing.
Tell Barbara Boxer: don't let Edison do an end run around safety regulations
Please urge Senator Barbara Boxer to use her oversight authority to ensure that the operator of the crippled San Onofre nuclear reactors, Southern California Edison, not be granted another end-run around regulations.
Video of Gary Headrick and Prof. Murray Jennex on KPBS San Diego
For up to date information about the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, visit San Onofre Safety. While Gary is busy attending hearings and the public awareness campaign, San Onofre Safety is keeping the information up to date on their site.
We owe a debt of gratitude for all their hard work!
OCICE is teaming up with San Clemente Green and San Onofre Safety in their effort to keep the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) closed unless or until Southern California Edison can prove to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that it is safe to restart the reactors.
In the latest blog post from San Onofre Safety, they state that "Earthquake size is unpredictable says USGS seismologist."
In an effort to put the pressure on the CPUC and the NRC, we are asking for volunteers to contact their city's city council members to set up meetings with them to discuss the safety hazards at SONGS. We ask they city council members and the Mayors to send letters to both entities, as well as their State Assembly members, Senators, and Governor Brown. We are also asking them to draft a resolution that will be presented to the CPUC and the NRC.
If you would like to help with the Tustin City Council, please contact Sherri Loveland. We are trying to arrange meetings with the council members. If they won't meet with us, we will attend the city council meetings and speak during public comments, asking them to put this item on the agenda for future input.
If you would like to help with other cities, please contact Gary Headrick of San Clemente Green. Gary is spear heading this campaign and needs citizens from all 34 Orange County cities.
If you cannot set meetings with them or if they decline to send letters, we ask volunteers to show up at council meetings to voice your concerns during public input.
For sample letters and a sample of a draft resolution, please click on the links below.