San Onofre’s nuclear reactors are permanently shutdown, but we are still at risk from the tons of nuclear waste stored on our Southern California coastline.
San Onofre as well as virtually all other U.S. nuclear power plants have been using high burnup fuel. High burnup spent fuel is over twice as radioactive as lower burnup fuel and is proving unpredictable in storage. The protective cladding around the uranium fuel pellets is more likely than lower burnup fuel to become embrittled and shatter, potentially releasing radiation into the environment.
There is no approved method to safely store high burnup fuel in dry casks for more than 20 years. And there is no approved method to transport high burnup fuel. However, Southern California Edison plans to store this spent fuel in a new model dry cask that would make it even more dangerous. Learn more about these issues. More…
The San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant has the worst safety complaint record of all U.S. nuclear reactors according to Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) safety allegation data. See charts for details. Employees are retaliated against for reporting safety problems. See Safety Allegations Section for details on this and other safety complaints by employees and others. More…
SoCal Edison wanted to restart the Unit 2 nuclear reactor without fixing it. Both reactors have been shut since 1/31/2012, when Unit 3 leaked radiation into the environment. Both show decades of tube wear in newly replaced, poorly designed steam generators – the worst in the nation. The NRC considered lowering safety standards so Edison could restart the reactor. See why San Onofre shouldn’t be restarted and Fairewinds’ report: San Onofre’s steam generators: significantly worse than all others nationwide. More…
California has excess power without California’s unreliable nuclear power plants, even during peak summer months, according to California government documents. There should be no power problems with San Onofre shut down, even during the summer. And the California ISO’s electricity grid Transmission Plan says there will be no grid stability concerns with San Onofre shut down. More…
The San Onofre and Diablo Canyon nuclear plants kill millions of fish and other marine life every year, due to their once-through cooling (OTC) systems. The Federal Clean Water Act §316(b) regulations declared OTC illegal. However, California is allowing both plants to continue OTC for years. More…. . .
.Senator Barbara Boxer to NRC Commissioners
Four NRC Commissioners undermine safety. Rep. Darrell Issa appears to support them.
San Onofre is designed for a 7.0 earthquake, but sits next to a fault with an 8.0+ earthquake probability — 10 times larger, 32 times stronger, and long overdue. More…Some recent earthquakes greater than 7.0:
Ratepayers must pay $64 million in new seismic studies, even though the USGS says no scientist can predict the size of any earthquake.
Nuclear meltdown at San Onofre would poison the nation’s food supply, create permanent “dead zones” and create financial ruin around the nation. If you live within 50 miles of San Onofre, you are at even higher risk of losing everything you care about here. Five counties are within the 50 mile zone: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego. .
There is no safe level of radiation, according to the National Academy of Sciences. Children, unborn babies and women are more susceptible to the effects of radiation. Ingesting radiation is extremely dangerous. More…
Tuna near San Diego, California was found to contain radiation from Japan. Radiation monitoring is inadequate. Government resources and priorities for radiation monitoring are too low to protect us. More…
See NRC Fukushima Lesson’s Learned for status of what the NRC and U.S. reactors are doing [or not doing] to avoid similar problems.
Why does the NRC allow the high burnup nuclear fuel experiment?
Why are we living with these risks for energy we don’t need?
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San Onofre Safety (SOS)
This website is a public resource of information about San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant safety issues, cost issues and related information. The information was extensively research and fact checked by local citizens and organizations concerned about the risks from the San Onofre nuclear power plant. By improving public awareness, our goal is to reduce the likelihood of a nuclear disaster in Southern California. The two San Onofre nuclear reactors and the highly toxic radioactive waste storage facilities are located just south of San Clemente, California.
Southern California Edison decided to decommission the San Onofre nuclear reactors on June 7th, 2013, after the NRC’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board said restarting the Unit 2 reactor would be a nuclear experiment.