NRC canceled Nov 16 meeting but our message remains the same.
ROSE stands by our Core Message delivered at the NRC’s public meeting in Dana Point on October 9, 2012:
We oppose Edison’s proposed re-start of the defective Unit 2 at the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant. We demand a full, transparent Adjudicatory Hearing and License Amendment process, including evidentiary hearings with sworn testimony and cross-examination which include experts independent of the NRC, Edison and the nuclear power industry. Given how we got to this point and the serious loss of faith by the public in the NRC and Edison as a result, we can see no reason why all 5 NRC Commissioners would not want this as well.
VERY IMPORTANT: NRC proceedings regarding San Onofre should be conducted in the area most impacted by the decisions of these proceedings.
On November 8, 2012, the 5 Nuclear Regulatory Commissioners ruled on petitions filed by Friends of the Earth in June of this year calling for the foregoing. Specifically, the Commission:
- Referred to the Atomic Safety & Licensing Board (ASLB) whether the current Confirmatory Action Letter (CAL) process is a de facto license amendment process, requiring an adjudicatory public hearing;
- Referred to the Executive Director of Operations (EDO) whether Edison should have sought a license amendment, with attendant adjudicatory hearings, when it installed the defective steam generators in 2010-11;
- Offered to reconsider convening an adjudicatory hearing if the ASLB denies FoE’s request;
- Offered to reconsider staying the restart of the idled reactors if restart becomes imminent before the completion of the processes ordered above.
ROSE & the public, representing the 8.4 million residents of Southern California within 50 miles of the crippled San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant, continue to hold the 5 members of the NRC accountable for an official License amendment hearing. We demand NO RESTART WITHOUT A LICENSE AMENDMENT NOW! The buck stops with the NRC commission, they know it and we know it.
“If the NRC allows SCE to restart unit #2 WITHOUT ANY REPAIRS then it is absolutely clear to everyone in So Cal that the NRC’s goal is to restart SCE money making nuke plant with no regard for the safety of So Cal 8.4 million people or our environment. Then the NRC should change its motto to PROFITS FIRST FOR ANY AND ALL NUKE PLANTS.” Gene Stone
Additional Key Information:
- Southern California Edison wants to restart one of their broken nuclear reactors without fixing it first. The plant has been off-line since 1/31/2012 due to radiation leaks and excessive tube wear in newly replaced steam generators that are the worst in the nation. See Tubes Plugged Chart and Fairewinds Associates report: San Onofre’s Steam Generators: Significantly Worse than all Others Nationwide. The NRC says design changes in these steam generators are flawed, making the reactors unsafe.
- California has excess power without California’s unreliable nuclear power plants, even during peak summer months, according to California government documents. There will be no power problems with San Onofre shut down, even next year. And the California ISO’s electricity grid Transmission Plan says there will be no grid stability concerns with San Onofre shut down.
- A growing number of Southern California City Councils are adding their voices to our call for an adjudicated License Amendment hearing process prior to restart of the crippled San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant, in defense of their residents and businesses: Del Mar, Encinitas, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Mission Viejo, Santa Monica and Solana Beach