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      Victory Against San Onofre Nuclear

      The long battle to keep the hazardous San Onofre nuclear plant shut down gained momentum last week with a ruling that the crippled reactor cannot be re-opened without a full public hearing by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

      The Atomic Safety Licensing Board issued the ruling over the objections of Edison, which wanted to operate its reactor at half-power this summer. 

      If California can withstand heat waves and wasteful growth while still phasing out its two nuclear plants – the other is at Diablo Canyon – the state will set a global lesson.

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      The latest from the Chair Person of the Nuclear Regulator Commission is that whether there will be a public hearing is still to be determined. So 'stay tuned'. By the way, is there some question about Diablo Canyon being shut down? I hadn't heard that.

      What 'global lesson' will be learned by the shutting down of both those plants is unclear to me. While the concerns for reactor safety and radioactive emissions/waste disposal would be mitigated the replacement electric power will likely come from fossil fuel burning and its contribution to global warming.

      May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoland Finston

      France, VERY recently, decided where to store its nuclear power plants waste (where has it been going for these last 40- some years?). It has chosen a site in France, and it will be many years before the "waste" is moved there. France has been a leader in nuclear power, for domestic energy needs, way back before the OPEC crisis of the 1970s. It is exhibit A for why nuclear power energy, a technology France had mastery of, can turn out to be a dangerous proposition. France meant well.

      The nuclear plants are strategically placed all over the "homeland".

      May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNamaimo

      While shareholders have enjoyed record profits, the ratepayers have been forced to foot the bill for these broken and potentially worldwide disastrous reactors. I'm tempted to suggest that the ratepayers sue the owners of San Onfore Nuclear Generators. Do I personally want my money back? No. I want "punitive damages" (monetary compensation) to cover the cost of permanently and safely closing the reactors down. This must include properly securing the waste products and environmental remediation.

      May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth Lerer
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