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San Clemente Doesn’t Want San Onofre’s Nuclear Waste Sticking Around

Above: The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station at San Onofre State Beach in a 2012 photo.

Without a national repository for nuclear waste, plants scattered throughout the country will have to keep waste on site for decades, possibly even centuries. Elected officials in San Clemente are expressing concern about how long waste will be stored in their own backyard.

Aired 12/18/13 on KPBS News.

Elected officials in San Clemente are expressing concern about how long waste will be stored in their backyard.

With San Onofre Nuclear Generating System just a few miles down the coast, nuclear waste sits close to home. The San Clemente City Council voted Tuesday to take a stronger stance on waste storage at the plant, which was permanently shut down earlier this year.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission believes waste could safely remain on site for as long as 300 years. Gary Headrick of the environmentalist group San Clemente Green thinks it's a dangerous plan for Southern California.

"That is just absurd because we expect a huge earthquake anytime," Headrick said. "We're long overdue."

In passing this resolution, the city is requesting more time for the public to weigh in on the future of San Onofre's waste. The NRC's period for public comment is scheduled to end on Friday.

Comments

Avatar for user 'SCGreen'

SCGreen | December 18, 2013 at 1:15 p.m. ― 12 months ago

If you live in a city that you feel should be doing the same we'll help you get started, but you and other residents need to take the initiative while there is momentum going your way. Contact gary@sanclementegreen.org if you are ready to take this on and we'll help you all that we can.

Meanwhile, the deadline to make comments to the NRC ends Friday, so go to this link, http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=NRC-2012-0246-0456 and simply say something like,

Abandon the generic "one size fits all" approach to storing nuclear waste and instead, make site-specific environmental reports and recommendations that take local conditions into account.

Then amplify your message by signing and sharing our petition,
http://www.credomobilize.com/petitions/stop-the-nuclear-waste-con,
which will not only go to the NRC, but also to Senator Boxer and others who can influence the outcome of this grossly inadequate NRC ruling that would allow nuclear waste to remain on site, possibly for hundreds of years.

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Avatar for user 'Sw33tleaf'

Sw33tleaf | December 18, 2013 at 4:36 p.m. ― 12 months ago

Lived in SC for over 40 years and worked for SONGS for 7. Mom retired from there after 30 years of service. This is a bunch of BS from paranoid environmentalists. Al Gore types who try and create something out of nothing by scaring people with "What if's". SONGS safety is just fine. The military destroys the land more than the power plant. Seems to me you're barking up the wrong tree. The SC politicians should show more respectful to SONGS since it's helped the city for decades grow.

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