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You React To San Onofre’s Closure

You tell KPBS what you think about the plant’s retirement

The tightly packed steam generator tubes that are at the root of San Onofre's...

Credit: Southern California Edison

Above: The tightly packed steam generator tubes that are at the root of San Onofre's problems

The troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California is closing, after an epic 16-month battle over whether the twin reactors could be safely returned to service, officials announced Friday. What do you think about San Onofre's shutdown?

Special Feature What do you think about the decision to close San Onofre?

The troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California is closing, after an epic 16-month battle over whether the twin reactors could be safely returned to service, officials announced Friday. What do you think about San Onofre's shutdown?

Steve Wolff of San Diego, CA:

This is a good decision from a safety perspective and there are plenty of other alternative technologies that can be expanded to fill our electricity needs. For example, there are so many roofs in California that can house solar panels or possibly wind instead of doing nothing.

Rick Beck of San Diego, CA:

This closure will cost the ratepayers many millions and raise rates precipitously in the future as the mandated clean energy sources will have to be imported at huge cost.

Masada Disenhouse of La Mesa, CA:

I hope this event will encourage our elected officials to see that change is possible, the investor owned utilities are not invulnerable, and that they will push for transitioning as quickly as possible to clean, renewable, safe solar power.

Kent Reedy of San Diego, CA:

Developing alternative sources of electricity should become even more important locally as a result of no longer having the nuclear power plant as a backup. I think there was a great likelihood the nuclear plant would have eventually done a lot of damage to the environment if it been kept open, so in the long run the region will be much better off having it permanently shut down.

Nanci Oechsle of Vista, CA:

While it's true that people will lose their jobs with this closure, I believe it's time to embrace true clean energy. There are jobs in solar and wind if we just support it like we have with nuclear energy, gas and oil. I personally have solar on my home and I love it. There is no logical reason why all new construction and remodels shouldn't include a solar array system.

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