Category: CBG News

San Onofre nuclear power plant: More dangerous than imagined

There is a new report on the devastating information recently disclosed by the NRC–that approximately 3,400 steam generator tubes have gone bad at San Onofre, a number nearly equal to as many tubes installed in Unit 2 and Unit 3 of the power plant.  Despite this information, Edison is considering re-starting Unit 2 as early as August 2012.

CBG’s Dan Hirsch:

“This reveals a far greater problem than has been previously disclosed, and raises serious questions about whether it is safe to restart either unit.”

How Many Wake-Up Calls Does it Take? Three Mile Island. Chernobyl. Fukushima.

2011 was a historical year for nuclear power and the nuclear industry.  After TMI, nuclear industry advocates told us not to worry, they had brought the accident under control a half-hour before a complete meltdown and breach of the reactor vessel would have occurred.
After Chernobyl had a complete meltdown (and fire) they told us not to worry, it was a Soviet-design reactor, different than ours.

But what can they say in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, which, as I write, is still going on? These were General Electric-designed plants, in a technologically advanced society, with a regulatory structure …

CBG’s Dan Hirsch Speaks on Reactor Safety at San Onofre

Hirsch talked about the SONGs safety record, and the dangers presented by the continued operation of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

The San Clemente Times reports:

The second of two City Council meetings Tuesday devoted to nuclear power and San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in light of Japan’s Fukushima disaster brought out another 200 people and four experts over nearly six hours.

 

CBG Mourns Death of Long-time Board Member Mildred Plotkin

Millie Plotkin, who served on Bridge the Gap’s Board and was one of our mainstays for more than three decades, died peacefully in her sleep on October 16. She was a remarkable person, feisty and progressive, a perfect match for her husband Shel, to whom our hearts and thoughts go out.