Press Release (Revised) 12-11-30 SCE: Don't Gamble Our Future On Probabilities & Un-Verified Data
Here are two press releases related to today's NRC meeting regarding San Onofre Nuclear Waste Generating Station, which has been closed since January and should never reopen.
The "DAB" Safety Team's report (I am a small portion of the DAB team) is attached. Ray Lutz's Citizen's Oversight press release is below.
There are rumors that the NRC would like SCE to give up and stop trying to restart San Onofre. Ain't gonna happen. San Onofre's owners were just give over 5 billion dollars in rate hikes over the next few years by the CPUC; they're rolling in dough to fix San Onofre at a leisurely pace. Current plans are to start SanO Unit 2 at 70% power for six months starting February 2nd, which is interesting because that would mean it would be purposefully shut down right smack in the middle of the summer, when it's supposedly needed the most!
What kind of planning is THAT? Sounds propagandistic to me!
We'll find out what happens tonight at the NRC hearing. (I'll be listening to the web cast, if the NRC's technology works.)
From: Ray Lutz <raylutz@...>
Subject: [ShutSanOnofre] Press Rel: NRC Mtg 6pm;
Press Conf. 4pm. TODAY on San Onofre
PRESS RELEASE AND MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PUBLIC to NRC: No Restart! Shut Down San Onofre!
TODAY: Edison will propose to restart Unit 2 before failure is understood
Event: NRC Public Meeting
Date/Time: Friday, November 30, 2012 / 6-9 p.m.
Location: The Hills Hotel, 25205 La Paz Rd, Laguna Hills CA
Event: Press Conference by Coalition to Decommission San Onofre
Date/Time: Friday, November 30, 2012 / 4 p.m.
Location: Outside the Hills Hotel, 25205 La Paz Rd, Laguna Hills CA
November 30, 2012 (SAN ONOFRE, CA) A coalition of community advocacy groups opposed to the restart of the defective San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant will attend the public meeting rescheduled by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to consider Southern California Edisons plan to restart the defective nuclear reactor Unit 2 at San Onofre.
This will follows the March to Decommission San Onofre, led by four Buddhist Monks from the Dana Point Harbor parking lot this morning to the pier. The original plans to go by the San Onofre plant were scuttled when high levels of radiation were measured near the replaced steam generator on the road.
Our Coalition stands by our Core Message delivered at the NRCs public meeting in Dana Point on October 9, 2012:
NO RESTART! of the defective nuclear reactor Unit 2 at the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant.
We demand a full License Amendment and Hearing and process, including evidentiary hearings with sworn testimony and cross-examination which include experts independent of the NRC, Edison and the nuclear power industry. Of course will all the facts on the table, this will likely mean there will be no restart attempted.
This public meeting tonight is NOT a substitute for this process. Given how we got to this point and the serious loss of faith by the public in the NRC and Edison as a result, we can see no reason why all five NRC Commissioners would not want this as well.
NRC proceedings regarding San Onofre should be conducted in the area most impacted by the decisions of these proceedings and should accommodate the more than 1,000 concerned citizens who are expected to attend as they have consistently shown this year.
A growing number of Southern California City Councils have added their voice to our call for an adjudicated License Amendment and hearing process prior to restart of the crippled San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant in defense of their residents and businesses, including:
Santa Monica, and
The cities of San Clemente and Vista have joined in Senators Boxer's and Feinstein's call for the NRC to modify its policies and procedures in light of the Fukushima meltdowns, to further protect their residents and businesses.
On November 8, 2012, the five Nuclear Regulatory Commissioners ruled on petitions filed by Friends of the Earth in June of this year calling for the foregoing. Specifically, the Commission:
Referred to the Atomic Safety & Licensing Board (ASLB) whether the current Confirmatory Action Letter (CAL) process is a de facto license amendment process, requiring an adjudicatory public hearing;
Referred to the Executive Director of Operations (EDO) whether Edison should have sought a license amendment, with attendant adjudicatory hearings, when it installed the defective steam generators in 2010-11;
Offered to reconsider convening an adjudicatory hearing if the ASLB denies FoEs request;
Offered to reconsider staying the restart of the idled reactors if restart becomes imminent before the completion of the processes ordered above.
The Coalition to Decommission San Onofre is comprised of community-based, grassroots organizations in San Diego and Orange Counties concerned for the safety of 8.5 million residents living within 50 miles of the crippled San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant, and for the economy of Southern California. We continue to hold the five members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission accountable.
Additional Key Information:
Southern California Edison wants to restart one of their broken nuclear reactors without fixing it first.1 The plant has been off-line since 1/31/2012 due to radiation leaks and excessive tube wear in newly replaced steam generators2 that are the worst in the nation. See Tubes Plugged Chart3 and Fairewinds Associates report: San Onofres Steam Generators: Significantly Worse than all Others Nationwide.4 The NRC says design changes in these steam generators are flawed,5 making the reactors unsafe.
California has excess power without Californias unreliable nuclear power plants, even during peak summer months, according to California government documents6. And the California ISOs electricity grid Transmission Plan7 says there will be no grid stability concerns with San Onofre shut down.
Citizens' Oversight: Ray Lutz / RayLutz@... / 619-820-5321
Peace Resource Center of San Diego: Carol Jahnkow / caroljahnkow@... / 760-390-0775
Residents Organizing for a Safe Environment: Gene Stone / genston@... / 949-233-7724
San Clemente Green: Gary Headrick / gary@... / 949-218-4051
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