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San Diego Has Yet To Weigh In On San Onofre

Del Mar has done it. So have Vista and Solana Beach, even Los Angeles. But one municipal powerhouse has been conspicuously absent in the debate about the future of the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant. That's the city of San Diego.

Evening sets on the San Onofre atomic power plant December 6, 2004 in northern San Diego County, south of San Clemente, California.
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Above: Evening sets on the San Onofre atomic power plant December 6, 2004 in northern San Diego County, south of San Clemente, California.

Del Mar, Solana Beach, Vista and Los Angeles have all called on federal regulators not to allow San Onofre to re-open without public hearings.

Los Angeles is pushing for evidentiary hearings, the kind you see in court cases for San Onofre majority owner Southern California Edison. The hope is to require Edison to prove that the nuclear plant is safe to re-open.

It was shut down nearly a year ago after a tube break inside its new steam generators caused a tiny radiation leak. Edison wants to re-open the plant and run it at reduced power under the theory that may allow it to avoid tube ruptures.

Several cities have debated the issue. San Diego has yet to enter the fray. Political Scientist Carl Luna expects that to happen soon.

"I would be surprised if in the new year, particularly with a Democratic majority on the council and a Democrat for mayor, you don't see a more aggressive stance on this issue," Luna said.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner did not respond to requests for comment. San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria also did not grant an interview. His press person said Gloria has not gotten a request to docket the issue. It's the job of the council president to determine the council's weekly agenda.

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Avatar for user 'Myla_Reson'

Myla_Reson | December 24, 2012 at 9:16 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Hi Amita,
Thanks for your story on San Onofre. FYI: On Friday, Dec 14th the LA City Council passed an alternate resolution referring the Koretz / Rosendahl Resolution on San Onofre to to Energy & Environment Committee. The substitute resolution offered by E&E Committee chair Jose Huizar asked the NRC to hold off on its determination about whether or not to require a license amendment and an evidentiary hearing until the LA City Council has weighed in. The LA City Council E&E cmt will meet on Wed. Jan 16th at 2PM
I'm hoping San Diego will act and act soon. Edison's damaged reactors should be decommissioned - not restarted - the NRC must require a license amendment prior to making a determination about allowing Edison to implement its plan to run one of its badly damaged reactors to run at 70% power for five months...and see what happens.

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CaptD | December 24, 2012 at 10:57 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Here is the latest PR from The DAB Safety Team:

SCE’s Conflicting, Contradicting & Catastrophic Statements RE:
Fluid Elastic Instability In SONGS Unit 2, requires NRR Complete
An Investigation Before Any San Onofre Unit 2 Restart is Permitted

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BweZ3c0aFXcFNVBRWm11RTVTdHM/edit

BTW: Todd Gloria's phone number is (619) 236-6633

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CaptD | December 24, 2012 at 11:11 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Here is an easy to understand article on why San Onofre's poorly designed replacement steam generators is so threatening to our way of life in SoCal:

Nuclear News - Nuclear Power Plant Basics

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BweZ3c0aFXcFZDZJZWdESWJMYms/edit

Think leaking tubes = Radioactive leakage to the environment

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