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San Onofre Hearing Set To Begin Amid Hint From Edison Of Permanent Shutdown

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Aired 5/9/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Rochelle Becker, executive director of the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility.

Murray Jennex is an associate professor at San Diego State University, expert on nuclear containment, who worked at San Onofre.

The stakes got even higher last week in the effort to determine the fate of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Edison chief Ted Craver says without a restart approval on Unit 2, Southern California Edison may shut down one or both of the reactors by the end of this year.

In addition, the state electric grid operator says the chances of power outages has increased slightly if we go another summer without nuclear power.

Meanwhile, the state California Public Utilities Commission is still trying to determine what costs from the 15-month San Onofre shutdown can or cannot be passed along to consumers.

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DonWood | May 9, 2013 at 7:25 p.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

SONGS is certainly not "green power" as Mr. Jennex, claims. While nuclear reactors don't send carbon dioxide into the air, and avoids other air pollution problems (unless a leak in the steam generator causes radioactive steam to escape into the surrounding atmosphere - which sure wouldn't be "green"). His statement ignores the fact that the nuclear fuel rods currently stored on the site are highly radioactive and will remain highly radioactive for another 300 years. Its highly likely that during that time, some of that radioactivity will get spilled into the environment, despite the assurances of the NRC and Mr. Jennex, which would certainly disqualify nuclear power as a "green" power technology. If Mr. Jennex thinks its green, perhaps he will volunteer to store the nuclear fuel rods in his own back yard. If memory serves, in an earlier comment he said his house if just outside the project radioactive plume, which means a disaster at the plant might not affect him, only a few million other Southern Californians.

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