Senator Boxer Presses NRC on San Onofre Investigation
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Today, as Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, I asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to pledge that it will complete its investigation into safety concerns at the San Onofre nuclear power plant before considering Southern California Edison’s request to restart the facility. To read my letter to the NRC, please click here.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
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Thank you for telling the NRC that the San Onofre nuclear reactor must be FULLY FUNCTIONAL before Southern California Edison can use it again. I agree that all points must be fully investigated and/or repairs completed.
Terry Ellen, Los Angeles
I and everyone I know in Orange County is thrilled San Onofre is shut down. We do not need its toxic waste or even the energy it produces. We have had no black outs or brown outs. KEEP IT SHUT DOWN please! As a teacher, I must stay with students during an emergency evacuation and leave my family to fend for themselves. Thank for all you do!
Mary, Laguna Hills
Thanks you for your diligence in your overview of the San Onofre power plant. We as neighbors to the plant feel that every avenue should be taken no matter the cost to maintain our safety. We feel fortunate have a Senator like you.
Louis, San Clemente
I would like to thank you for staying on top of the NRC as concerns the safety of San Onofre. After having lived in Japan during the Fukushima disaster you will understand my firm belief that nuclear power is never safe. Even if San Onofre is found to be "safe," it's location on the earthquake-prone California coastline and proximity to major populations make it a future disaster. Ask anyone near Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant or in neighboring cities - the structure was said to be disaster-proof. Even if the plant is as safe as current technology allows us to make it, there is no way to ensure that the waste can be stored securely without leakage or fear of theft for 10,000 years. Thank you for your concern in making San Onofre as safe as humanly possible... I just don't think that it will be enough.
We need to reopen San Onofre Nuclear unit 2 that is safe to help our power shortage and create and maintain jobs. Nuclear plants in U.S.A. have never been attributed to loss of life and their cost are 5 times more effective than wind and solar. The footprint of land is extremely small compared to wind and solar and the density of power creates many less power line mazes than wind and solar. France gets 80% of her power from Nuclear and has been totally safe. The U.S.A. plants are safe and done their job. By building more nuclear we can solve the power shortages we have which helped attribute to the horrific rise due in part to a lack of power at the Torrance refinery. We need to reverse draconian laws in regards to fuel and refineries to get prices down and let the oil firms build new refineries without huge bureaucratic fees, laws and AQMD over the top laws and get in line with the rest of the country, so Californians can get back to being a strong economy. Thanks for reading my thoughts.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your attention to our beautiful beaches and the safety of our community and environment!
Kathryn, San Diego
Thank you for addressing the problems at San Onofre nuclear plant. As you can see from my address I live in the plant's back yard. My hope is that it will remain closed forever. After Fukushima why can't we learn?
Mary Ann, Oceanside
Thank you for what you are doing about the San Onofre Nuclear Plant. Please continue caring. There are thousands of people living near the plant including Marines and their families and the plant has never completely passed a safety test.
Joan, Dana Point
Thank you for making sure that the problems at the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant are thoroughly investigated and resolved by the NRC before the plant can be restarted. I wholeheartedly support your efforts to protect southern California residents from a disaster that could potentially arise from the operation of defective equipment. Extreme high maintenance and oversight is the answer to extreme danger in the nuclear industry. The risk to public safety cannot be overemphasized when it comes to radiation exposure. I appreciate your diligence in this important matter.
Thank you for caring enough about your "Southland" constituents--so much so that you made this request of the NRC. Once again--it's so good to know we voted for the "right" person for your Senate seat!!
Gail, Dana Point
I so appreciate your efforts to create a safe environment for the people of Southern California in regards to the San Onofre Plant. My hope is that you will hear from the commission and it will be a realistic, fact supported, safety review of the whole plant. Thank you for sending me your letter. I support you and your investment in a more earth friendly resource search for energy for the grid at this time and your endeavors to protect us from grave harm.
As a strong supporter of the environment, I am asking that your office make clear it's intentions on nuclear power. I believe nuclear power is an important part of an energy portfolio designed around energy independence. Instead of trying to shutdown the plant, I believe your efforts should be focused on ensuring the operators of the plant keep workers at the plant that are not afraid to speak up if there is reason to be concerned. Having an inside group that is not afraid to speak up is your best defense against power and greed. Current management is more concerned with profits. An example of their profit motives is the intention to layoff over 700 employees without mentioning how the work will be done leading many to believe contractors will be the workforce of choice. While in some cases, contractors bring an expertise or specialty to a particular job or task, there are also many cases at San Onofre where contractors are being brought in to displace Edison employees in an effort to undercut the union workforce. I believe outsourcing is the concern your office should investigate. Your inquiry into this matter would be appreciated.
Thank you for trying to protect your constituents in CA, particularly those near enough to the location of the San Onofre to be possibly affected in case of a mishap. I personally dislike nuclear power, while realizing it has provided many with electricity, mostly because of the wretched waste that no one knows what to do with and certainly nobody wants. Most 'businessmen' would stretch the limits of anything before addressing potential problems that may cost money; that is what has caused most of the 'accidents' that have befallen mankind. Letting things go--never dreaming of what form 'the straw that breaks the camel's back' will actually take. Thanks for trying to prevent just that--although I have to admit some cynicism that makes me wonder just how "complete" and honest this 'investigation' may actually be. I guess it will be inversely proportional to how much money will be lost by not restarting the facility. But, at least you made the effort to try to help.
I appreciate your contacting the NRC with your personal letter calling on them to undertake a thorough investigation of what went wrong with the recently installed steam generators at SONGS which are in a severe state of degeneration at this date! Personally I would like to see SONGS permanently shuttered and decommissioned at the soonest time possible. I live in Fallbrook which is about 25 miles as the crow flies from SONGS and I do not feel at all comfortable with having this toxic power plant anywhere near my neighborhood! What has happened in Japan should be a wake-up call for all of us here in California. IT CAN HAPPEN HERE!!!
As someone who lives within 25 miles of San Onofre, it both surprises me and disgusts me that Edison would seek to restart the facility. The flaws of design already pointed out have NOT been addressed NOR has the modeling software of the NRC been corrected. AND, the utilities are trying to have taxpayers bail them out for their failures of oversight and planning. Enough is more than enough; the San Onofre must be shut down and the gas fired plants to replace the power output brought online asap. Especially in view of the pricing associated with gas and the seeming unwillingness of the Interior Dept. to address the issue associated with fracking.
Thank you for sending to the NRC your concerns about the safety of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. There are several million people living within 50 miles of the San Onofre power plant -- approximately the same number of people to whom the plant provides power. It would be inexcusable for the plant to be restarted prematurely to the detriment of the people it serves. If keeping the plant shut down means there will be rolling outages in the future, so be it -- there are sufficient other means of generating power that they should be explored in the meantime, and San Onofre MUST NOT be restarted until it can be done safely.
Janet, Aliso Viejo
Thanks indeed for keeping an eye on this. Given the age of these devices (both California reactors have performed an entire service life and then some according to their designs as I understand it) it is questionable that they should not be replaced with newer and safer technologies especially in light of the fact that: 1. Fukushima Disaster 2. The development and population density in close proximity to these since they were originally commissioned. The financial impact should one of these had an accident are unthinkable, and as I personally have friends & family in Japan I know firsthand how bad this can get should ANYTHING go wrong. Given the age of these facilities it is clear to me that the risk is far too great to not AT LEAST upgrade with a new, safer, state of the art "NUKE" plant or, even better replaced by alternatives which should they malfunction would not injure 100's of thousands and render one of the largest american metropolises uninhabitable.
W. T., San Pedro
This is of vital importance to all of us here in California. I am so grateful that you take this issue seriously, and hope that we are able to avoid a disaster.