Shut down San Onofre: The continuing nuclear threat to southern California
Posted Jun. 18, 2012 / Posted by: Tim Freeman
The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, located in San Clemente, Calif., between Los Angeles and San Diego, poses a threat to the health and safety of the people of southern California. The reactors have been shut down for nearly five months, following a release of radioactive steam into the environment and the related discovery that recently installed steam generators in both reactors were critically damaged and defective. This current crisis at San Onofre is leaving citizens rightfully worried.
Later this evening, the NRC will be holding a public meeting about its current investigation into San Onofre. Local Friends of the Earth activists and allied organizations will be in attendance to ensure the voices of residents are heard. We’re calling on the NRC to publicly disseminate its records and investigations into San Onofre, and for these to be independently reviewed. To date, the NRC has chosen not to do so, begging the question: what are our nation’s nuclear regulators hiding?
On top of both of these major concerns, incidents such as fire safety and whistleblower harassment demonstrate why these are not isolated problems. San Onofre’s track record speaks for itself and continuing operation of its critically flawed reactors would endanger the health of surrounding residents.
Watch our most recent television ad alerting residents near San Onofre to the risks.