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.”
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.
This series of articles by AP reporters discuss the loosening of safety rules for aging nuclear reactors, the the presence of radioactive tritium leaks at 48 US nuke sites, US nuclear evacuation plans that are outdated and inadequate, and how long nuclear reactors are designed to last.
10/12/2008: EPA has now finalized the radiation protection standards for Yucca at 15 millirem/year for the first 10,000 years and 100 millirem/year thereafter. The 100 millirem figure is a breathtaking break with decades of EPA strenuous positions that permitting that high an exposure is “nonprotective of health.”