Category: Nuclear Policy

San Onofre Nuclear Plant To Close

In a stunning victory for the community and for activists,  Southern California Edison announced today that it would permanently close all reactors at the San Onofre nuclear power plant.  The news comes after at least one NRC official expressed serious concerns over Edison’s former plan to restart the facility at reduced power.  However, after several months of political maneuvering by Edison, the company ultimately saw support deteriorate amongst both the public and government regulators, forcing it to make the ultimate decision to close down the nuclear power plant for good.

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Worst Week Since Fukushima: 4 Major Setbacks in 3 Days are Latest Stumbles for U.S. Nuclear Power Industry

Statement by 
Daniel Hirsch 

Rather than the nuclear revival hoped for by the industry, the gearshift has been thrown hard in reverse.  Instead of a proliferation of new plants, existing reactors are getting shut down long before their licenses expire.  And this is due largely to short-sighted safety shortcuts by the industry and its compliant regulators.  They have been their own worst enemies.

The poster child for this revival-in-reverse is San Onofre, located between Los Angeles and San Diego, with 8.5 million people living within 50 miles.  Last week, Southern California Edison announced it could permanently close both units if …

White House Supports Rollback of Cleanup Standards for Nuclear Incidents

In a stunning reversal, it appears that the Obama Administration is poised to rollback cleanup standards for nuclear incidents:

The White House has endorsed a plan to relax long-held standards for cleaning up radioactive material released by a nuclear power plant disaster or act of terrorism, a group of federal officials say in a new draft report.

NTI reports.…