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Congressman Vargas Joins Call For Public Evidentiary Hearing To Restart San Onofre

San Diego Congressman Juan Vargas has joined the chorus to press federal regulators to hold a trial-like hearing before deciding whether the San Onofre nuclear plant is safe to reopen.

Aired 2/4/13 on KPBS News.

San Diego Congressman Juan Vargas weighed in on the one-year anniversary of the plant's shutdown due to equipment problems.

So far, cities like Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar and Los Angeles have pushed for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to hold a public evidentiary hearing before it decides if the plant should re-open at a reduced capacity. Newly elected Congressman Vargas said when he was an assemblyman he questioned industry executives under oath during the California's energy crisis. Vargas said that process could be effective for San Onofre as long as those questioning majority owner Southern California Edison executives know what they're talking about.

"Get experts in there," Vargas said. "To ask them true questions: is it really safe do you really have this under control if not why are you firing it up? Makes no sense. The only reason they're doing this is they want to get some money and if it sits vacant for a long time they actually can't recoup their investment."

Federal regulators haven't decided yet whether to hold such a hearing. Meanwhile, Edison has said exhaustive research by its team of global experts demonstrates the safety of what it calls a conservative plan to re-open.

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WhatsItAllAbout | February 2, 2013 at 11:48 a.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

Thank You Congressman Vargas!
Any public leader who is not doing the same will have their name on a Fukushima disaster here in the U.S. - Better listen up public leaders, get on the right side of history and safety for the public that you represent.

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RegularChristian | February 4, 2013 at 7:29 a.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

I remember, not too long ago, when SDG&E and SEMPRA manipulated the price of electricity out of state in order to raise our electricity prices here in San Diego.

They got away with it, even after it all became public, because the "regulators" appointed to act in the public's interest were "regulating" on behalf of their industry and country club friends.

Bravo to Mr. Vargas for acting as a public servant.

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Peter Bryan | February 4, 2013 at 10:04 a.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

Where does Juan Vargas expect us to get electricity from?

Does he know that without San Onofre generating CLEAN, RELIABLE, AFFORDABLE nuclear power....the only other source of energy is air-polluting, coal burning, gas-fired power plants?? (the ones with big smokestacks).

Somebody please enlighten the Congressman.

Stop the paranoia...and let's get those reactors fired up!!!

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