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Roundtable: San Onofre Offline, Sunrise Powerlink And Teacher Union Concessions

Evening Edition

Adam Townsend, the editor of in San Clemente, talks to KPBS about San Onofre.

Aired 6/15/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Adam Townsend, Editor, in San Clemente

Erik Anderson, KPBS Business and Environment reporter

Kyla Calvert, KPBS Education reporter


San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant:

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has been offline since the end of January and this week it was confirmed the plant will be down through the summer. Adam Townsend, the editor of in San Clemente, and Erik Anderson, KPBS' business and environment reporter, explain what's happening at the plant and how San Diegans will get through the summer months without that source of power.


As repairs continue and regulators monitor the situation at San Onofre, San Diego Gas and Electric announced yesterday there will be enough power to get through the summer. The energy company said the Sunrise Powerlink project will help keep the lights on without San Onofre through the summer.

San Diego Unified School District:

Late last week the teachers union agreed to limited bargaining with the San Diego Unified School district. Those talks will most likely center on concessions the district hopes the union will make to help some of the 1,500 laid off teachers keep their jobs.

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CaptD | June 15, 2012 at 12:48 p.m. ― 4 years, 9 months ago

Forget the "LONG HOT SUMMER" talk; CA will do just fine without any of the nuclear reactors online UNLESS the Utilities "punish US" by creating one!
here is a great link on a great website to prove it:

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CaptD | June 15, 2012 at 12:49 p.m. ― 4 years, 9 months ago

Considering the Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster RISK that these nuclear reactors repersent to SoCal; I'd like to ask why this is not news worthy every day?
PLEASE consider a follow-on STORY about which Leaders are now receiving or have received money from the Utilities; that would also be great information that voters need to know!

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CaptD | June 15, 2012 at 12:51 p.m. ― 4 years, 9 months ago

At a MILLON Dollars a day, sure SCE wants to get SORE (San Onofre Reactor Emergency) "generating" (pun intended) ASAP; but what about what the Rtae Payers want SAFE and ZERO RISK of a nuclear accident?
The reactors are old and they are suseptable to a BIG quake just like Fukushima which caused a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster...
How would SoCal pay for that and where would everyone relocate to YUMA?
It is time our Leaders stop living in Nuclear Denial* and admit that their support of SORE (San Onofre Reactor Emergency) is due to the Nuclear Payback** they receive.
I hope the LA Times will ask every decision maker in SoCal if they have ever accepted money from SCE, Sempra, SDG&E, PG&E and any of the Nuclear Lobbies; let's get the truth about who is paying whom for their support!
The illogical belief that Nature cannot destroy any land based nuclear reactor, any place anytime 24/7/365!
Those that support nuclear power because nuclear power somehow supports them; no matter what the health implications or other "costs" are for others.

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CaptD | June 15, 2012 at 12:56 p.m. ― 4 years, 9 months ago

I wish KPBS would allow call in comments as many in SoCal are "UP" on this topic; much more so than those speaking on the "Roundtable"...

If KPBS really wanted to inform it's listeners that would be the best way to do it!

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CaptD | June 15, 2012 at 12:59 p.m. ― 4 years, 9 months ago

What would happen to property values here in SoCal if SORE, (San Onofre Reactor Emergency) suffered a meltdown like Fukushima for ANY reason?

Per the NRC: Price-Anderson Act --> Fact Sheet on Nuclear Insurance and Disaster Relief

In short, if there is more that 12 Billion in damages, we are left holding a empty radioactive bag! This is only a tiny fraction of what it will cost in Fukushima, which is about a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster! What is the value of all the homes and Commercial property downwind of SORE?

Here is a great graphic that will help everyone visualize what is downwind of SORE! NRDC Nuclear Fallout Map

Just click on a reactor and zoom in...

Where will the US Government get the REST of the money if it happened here next week, Social Security and or Medicare?

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CaptD | June 15, 2012 at 1 p.m. ― 4 years, 9 months ago

Remember the Japanese living in Tokyo and northern Japan all thought they were safe before 3/11/11 because their Nuclear Industry and their Governmental regulators all told them that nuclear was 100% safe; that has now been proven FALSE!

Nature does not follow reactor design spec.'s, or earth movement calculations; in short, no reactor is "Nature Proof". it is time for all our Leaders to stop living in Nuclear Denial* and accept the fact that all reactors are not 100% safe.

We all live with the "threat" of a BIG earth quake (EQ) happening in SoCal but we only need to look again at Fukushima to see how a meltdown has made their disaster orders of magnitude more dangerous to deal with. Now northern Japan is covered with radioactive fallout that continues to add daily to the health problems the Japanese now face and it has even is spreading Globally via the jet stream and our Ocean currents! The threat of yet additional meltdowns in Fukushima if any of the remaining spent fuel pools should collapse could dramatically affect life as we know it, since a Hydro-Corium Steam "event" would put massive amounts of radioactive pollution into the Earth's atmosphere. As an example, we in the USA, have not been kept informed of exactly what has been coming from Fukushima, because that information is being played down by MSM to protect the nuclear Industry; we have only been told that it is below "safe thresholds" is a great study of what has gotten all the way around the Planet to Lithuania, after passing over the Pacific, North America, the Atlantic and much of Europe:

It is time for everyone in SoCal to realize that we have just been LUCKY So FAR, but there is nothing we can do to remove the threat of a nuclear reactor meltdown happening here except De-Commission SORE, then we will be able to live Nuclear Meltdown Free, SoCal is too good a place to become a Nuclear Waste "No Go" Zone.

*Nuclear Denial
The illogical belief that Nature cannot destroy any land based nuclear reactor, any place anytime 24/7/365!

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CaptD | June 15, 2012 at 1:14 p.m. ― 4 years, 9 months ago

Everyone should ask themselves why a "Public" utility can rip off the owners of solar panels and not pay them for the energy they put into the frid while at the same time pay themselves a much higher rate for the energy from the solar panels they themselves own! This money does not even go to making the cost of our Energy lower for everyone but it goes to the shareholders...
BTW: We all pay an extra fee to maintain the "GRID" so that is not the reason this billing practice is being done!

It is the Energy SYSTEM itself that is keeping the US from going Solar (of all flavors) much quicker...

Many, many more would install Solar if the Utilities paid those that installed Solar for the energy they put INTO the grid, at the very same rate that the Utility charges for that same Energy to folks that take Energy OUT of the Grid! By not paying the same amount, the Utility shareholders receive additional money they do not deserve and the folks that have installed solar end up with a much longer payback period! You can be sure if these Utilities operate their own Solar Farms, they will pay themselves every penny they can...
Remember Solar usually adds Energy during peak period of use (daytime) and it is only fair that if the Utility charges more for Energy used during that period (by using Smart meters) then they should also credit that exact amount to those with Solar that add Energy during those periods!

Remember we all already pay an additional fee for maintaining the Grid itself, so this rate ripoff is nothing but Utility "Profit" Scam...

Why should shareholders get record profits while the only thing rate payers get is ever increasing bills?

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WhatsItAllAbout | June 15, 2012 at 4:54 p.m. ― 4 years, 9 months ago

We can not TRUST SC Edison,
they have proven that given the CHANCE,
they will GAMBLE with our SAFETY.
And the NRC is playing right into their hand.

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RochelleBecker | June 15, 2012 at 5:12 p.m. ― 4 years, 9 months ago

The Sustainability Alliance of Southern California will be hosting:

Nuclear Power: Can we afford it?
July 12th (flier is at link above)

Former Energy Commissioner, John Geesman, and Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility Executive Director Rochelle Becker, will discuss the the costs, benefits and risks of the state's reliance on nuclear reactors designed in the late 1960's and California's jurisdiction over future operation.

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MaxSolar | June 18, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. ― 4 years, 9 months ago

Many San Diegan's like myself have installed solar panels, as well as many businesses. What are the statistics on how much this has reduced the peak
demand? If only the billions spent on the Sunrise power link had been spent
on local distributed solar and / or wind installations, we would have a much more robust network. But as has been pointed out, solar installations are only partially supported and encouraged by the established government and utilities bureaucracy.

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