Category Archives: Nuclear Safety

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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Major Blow Dealt To Restart Efforts For Crippled San Onofre Reactor

The NRC Atomic Safety & Licensing Board has dealt a major blow to efforts to restart the crippled San Onofre reactor.  The Board has ruled that the restart is a de facto license amendment proceeding which requires an adjudicatory hearing to determine if the reactor s safe.  A recent CBG study on San Onofre was cited by the judges in support of their decision.

Read the decision here.…

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 …

EPA Dramatically Weakens Radiation Protections

EPA has just issued (April 15, 2013) new Protective Action Guides (PAGs) for dealing with radioactive releases. The new PAGs are in many ways worse than the extremely weak PAGs Bush tried to push out in the last days of that Administration that Obama pulled back.  The PAGs eliminate requirements to evacuate people when thyroid or skin radiation doses exceed certain levels, lift a lifetime limit on radiation from such an event that would have triggered relocation, recommend dumping radioactive waste in municipal garbage dumps not designed for such waste, and propose five options for drinking water, all of which …