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San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Archive
- Posted on March 12, 2020 | No CommentsOn today’s show Carry Kim speaks with special guest Torgen Johnson, an urban planner and community activist from coastal San Diego County here to discuss the stranded nuclear waste situation at the now closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station located just a short drive south of Los Angeles. Nuclear waste has been described by Greenpeace’s Michael Stothard as “the most destructive and indestructible waste in history.” Torgen will shed some light on how we can remain safe nevertheless.
- Posted on September 4, 2018 | 1 CommentSince it was closed for safety violastions in 2012, the dangers of San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (SONGS) between Orange County and San Diego have only continued to loom. Listen to this EcoJustice Radio interview with activists from Public Watchdogs explain how the nuclear waste being buried on the beach poses serious dangers to California.
- Posted on August 7, 2018 | 3 CommentsAccording to a former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chief, the beach in front of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station could become a permanent nuclear waste dump. Learn why Edison's program of storing deadly nuclear waste on the beach is not a "temporary" plan. And cartoonist Jerry Collamer weighs in.
- Posted on April 9, 2018 | 1 CommentToonman Collamer opines: Work crews transferring radioactive spent fuel (nuclear waste) at the San Onofre nuclear plant from cooling pools into dry storage discovered a loose bolt inside one of the canisters, prompting Southern California Edison to temporarily halt the relocation effort. -- Los Angeles Times
- Posted on March 25, 2017 | 1 CommentSan Onofre Nuclear Plant, on the coast of California, is busy building a nuclear waste dump for 1,600 tons of spent fuel on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. Most U.S. nuclear power facilities store highly radioactive waste in thin-walled canisters (mostly 1/2-inch thick) that both the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Department of Energy (DOE) admit cannot be inspected (on the outside or inside), cannot be maintained, repaired, and can crack and leak in the short-term.
- Posted on May 13, 2014 | 1 CommentSan Onofre’s nuclear reactors are permanently shut down. However, Southern California Edison has left tons of highly radioactive nuclear waste that will remain on site for decades, if not longer. San Onofre’s spent fuel contains 89 times the amount of radiation (Cesium-137) released from Chernobyl. What is being done to rectify this situation?
- Posted on June 19, 2013 | 3 CommentsOrange County's Toll Road Agency is pushing the first segment of a previously rejected road extension that will have significant and irreversible environmental and economic impacts. According to the Save San Onofre Coalition and the State Attorney General, the project had failed to undertake sufficient environmental studies. As a result, the Regional Water Board in San Diego decided to deny the project a waste discharge permit.
- Posted on April 27, 2013 | 3 CommentsWhile large fish fail to thrive at Southern California Edison's artificial reef off the coast of San Clemente, California, mitigation mandated by the California Coastal Commission to repair destroyed kelp beds at their San Onofre Nuclear Plant (called SONGS), a wider marine mammal crisis is ongoing. Could radiation released from SONGS be the culprit in both cases?
- Posted on March 21, 2013 | 5 CommentsSouthern California Edison says its analysis confirms that it would be safe to fire up the nuclear plant's Unit 2 reactor, but as a precautionary move it is proposing running it at only 70%. Yet it also suggests that running San Onofre at 100 percent for 11 months would present a strong possibility of a tube rupture resulting in a catastrophic release of radiation into the environment.
- Posted on March 12, 2013 | 3 CommentsWorld-renowned San Onofre and Trestles have been synonymous with California surfing since the 1930s. A movement to pave over the park and beach with a toll road was rejected by in 2008. We now have the opportunity to have it recognized for its historical contributions by being listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and stop that toll road project for good.
- Posted on February 16, 2013 | No CommentsPaul Krugman defines a Zombie-idea as: a proposition that has been thoroughly refuted by analysis and evidence, and should be dead — but won’t stay dead, because it serves a political purpose, appeals to prejudices, or both. Sounds like nuclear power policies...
- Posted on December 5, 2012 | No CommentsThere are 1,400 tons of these little monsters, cooling in San Onofre Nuke Plant's leaky, creaky, earthquake prone, tsunami threatened, God knows what else could go wrong at America's Worst Nuclear Workplace Environment, right here in Southern Cal.
- Posted on November 2, 2012 | 1 CommentBill McKibben said hurricane-type disasters, like what slammed the East Coast: NYC's worst since its founding in the 1600's, should be named for major oil companies flooding the GOP with ginormous super pac contributions hoping to elect Romney and his anti-global warming pals, via Citizens United super pacs.
- Posted on June 24, 2012 | No CommentsNuclear Regulatory Commission & Edison host a town hall to discuss San Onofre Nuclear Power Generating Station's (SONGS's) status in its current Shut Down mode, due to systemic tube leaks in its new reactors. The experts scratch their heads as to why.
- Posted on May 4, 2012 | 1 CommentEdison estimates a $65 million cost to replace the failed steam generators, with an overall $100 million associated losses. Edison has already backed off assertions of a June opening, due to lingering safety concerns. Meanwhile, an earthquake study moves forward, albeit with less outside oversight than that of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant.
- Posted on March 12, 2012 | 1 CommentThere's no way on God's green earth, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) can fix 19,454 (per dome) rotting pipes, without a plumbing overhaul of nuclear proportions, keeping its creaky ol'double boilers shut down for years, or maybe decades. Good.
- Posted on February 16, 2012 | No CommentsAnalysis of San Onofre Nuke Plant degenerating pipes (leaking!!!), where the process of super heating water via nuclear fission, then pumping the crazy-hot radioactive liquid thru thousands of pipes to create steam, to turn a turbine, to make electricity, is cracking SONGS' pipes / FUBAR. Or snafu'd. Take your pick.