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This website is a public resource for factual information about the serious safety issues with the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and the tons of nuclear waste stored just a few miles south of San Clemente, California. Most of the information is from official government and scientific documents.

Since the San Onofre reactors are permanently shutdown, our main focus is on the management of the nuclear waste.  Mismanagement of nuclear waste at San Onofre could affect the entire country and more.  A major radiation release at San Onofre could require a permanent evacuation of parts of Southern California, damage the nation’s food supply, jeopardize our health, the environment, and our national security. It could affect the economic and political stability of California, the nation and potentially other parts of the world.

    • California is the eight ranking economy in the world, virtually tied with Italy and the Russian Federation, and larger than Canada, Australia and Spain.
    • More than 40 percent of containerized imports enter the country through California ports, and nearly 30 percent of the country’s exports depart through them.
    • California produces nearly half of the U.S. grown fruits, nuts and vegetables. California remained the number one state in cash farm receipts in 2011, with its $43.5 billion in revenue representing 11.6 percent of the U.S. total. U. S. consumers regularly purchase several crops produced solely in California.
    • San Onofre is located adjacent to the primary vehicle transportation artery between Los Angeles and San Diego (I-5) and Mexico, and is home to one of the largest military installations on the West Coast (Camp Pendleton).

The information on this website is extensively research and fact checked by our coalition of volunteer local citizens and organizations living within the danger zone of San Onofre. We have joined forces to inform the public about critical issues that are not being resolved by those responsible for protecting our safety from a nuclear disaster. There is limited information available from the mainstream media, so we are sharing this information with the public, in layman terms and as concisely as possible.

No outside funds are received to support this website. However, we do raise funds for specific projects. Normally, these are educational projects to raise awareness of the issues, such as the 2013 San Clemente Nuclear Waste Symposium, where independent experts educated the public on nuclear waste issues affecting us.  We also work with local, state and federal elected officials and regulators to help improve our safety from a nuclear disaster. They frequently are not informed or are misinformed on critical nuclear energy and nuclear waste issues — just like the rest of the public.  We work with the local Sierra Clubs and worked with Friends of the Earth in their efforts to shut San Onofre. However, we are independent from these organizations.

Please share this information with others. We need a more informed public in order to improve our chances of avoiding a nuclear disaster. If you have information regarding other safety issues or would like to become more involved in the effort to make California safer from a nuclear disaster, please contact me. You can also receive email posts by following this website.

Donna Gilmore, Founder, SanOnofreSafety.org

About me: I’ve lived in San Clemente for many years and always assumed the San Onofre nuclear plant was managed as safe as possible.  However, after reading reports in the local newspapers that employees are harassed and even fired for reporting unresolved safety issues to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) or to the public, I decided to investigate further. I could not believe such a story might be true. To my shock and dismay, the stories were true.

My research on nuclear waste shows there are no good solutions to store the nuclear waste. However, we must find the safest solutions possible and as soon as possible — which is currently not being done. One of my priorities is to continue working with nuclear engineers and others who put safety over industry profits, and to continue my research in this area.
 
My objective is to be a watchdog and educator to the public on this issue and other safety-related issues.  The NRC is a captured regulatory agency, so it’s up to the public to help bring these critical issues to the forefront. There are good employees at the NRC, but they need our help to support those recommendations that put safety above industry profits. As you can see from my Nuclear Waste research, the opposite is happening.
 
My background includes research and systems analysis, programming, database design, project management, legislative analysis, human resources, and management of a large data center for engineers. I understand the value of effective disaster planning and the value of open, positive communications with employees. To succeed, employees need to feel free to bring issues to management — without fear of repercussions.
 
The NRC consistently reports San Onofre has the worst safety culture and has an on-going problem of “…not making conservative assumptions in their decision-making…”  This should not be tolerated at a nuclear plant!   In addition, the NRC also has a “safety culture” problem.
 
I love living in San Clemente and want to do whatever I can to make this city and the rest of California as safe as possible from a nuclear disaster. 

4 Responses to About

  1. CaptD says:

    Thank you for your excellent website!
    Knowing that Nature can destroy ANY land based reactor any place, anytime 24/7/365 and thereby cause a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster is reason enough to start shutting down these reactors ASAP! How would California deal with a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster?

    I hope that many Californians will rethink the use of Nuclear Power and RISK it poses for all!

  2. CaptD says:

    11 Months and counting!

    The Japanese people and many of those of the rest of the World,
    … wait in fear because of what TEPCO and the Japanese Gov’t.
    … are trying to make money instead of stopping this Eco-Disast­er…

    That is the bottom line and no amount of Nuclear Baloney (NB) type
    … “reports or reviews or Nuclear theory” makes that any better.

    Do any of US actually know what the situation is on the ground?

    I sure don’t, but I know that because TEPCO has lied, concealed data
    … and played the Japanese People’s SAFETY down, while trying to save
    … TEPCO profits instead, we all have much to fear from THEM!

    If someone told me 11 MONTHS ago that I would be sitting on the edge
    … of my chair, and blogging to save the Japanese people from their Utility
    … TEPCO & their Gov’t. overseers I would have thought they were crazy!

    ====
    Now San Onofre is in the NEWS because of multiple problems that has it shut down;
    Remember SoCal cannot afford a Fukushima!

    Consider Japan as a test case; they too are a major nuclear “user” and now they have a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster that is affecting their entire Country, how would California (and or the USA) pay for a similar event? Where would people relocate to and what would they do for housing, since their home owners insurance has a nuclear exclusion? If this happened in San Onofre, the “coastal” real estate loses alone would be more than a trillion dollars and remember the rest of the “HEARTLAND” of the USA is downwind.

    If people really knew the true cost of Fukushima, the people would demand CHANGE and that is something that some of those in Government and the entire Nuclear Industry want to avoid at all cost!

    What will determine the total cost of their “Trillion Dollar” Eco-Disast­er?

    Please feel free to add your comments and or estimates to this list:
     Decommissi­oning costs
     Loss to all other radioactiv­e decontamin­ation caused by this Disaster.
     Loss of revenues by Tepco
     Loss to TEPCO’s share holders caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss of Japanese personal income caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss to Japanese businesses caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss of all Japanese health costs related to radioactiv­ity
     Loss due to unusable Japanese Land related to radioactiv­ity
     Loss due to Japanese housing caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss of Japanese Property Values caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss of fishing grounds caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss of manufactur­ing caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss to the value of the Yen caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss to other Utilities caused by Fukushima’­s radioactiv­ity
     Loss to Japans credit rating caused by Fukushima’­s radioactiv­ity
     Loss to the Japanese peoples Lives because of radiation

  3. CaptD says:

    Please continue to spread the word about these 8 Nuclear secrets nobody wants to talk about;
    1. Nature can destroy any land based nuclear reactor, any place anytime 24/7/365!
    2. Nuclear is no longer cost effective.
    3. Nuclear can be phased out and replaced by 24/7 Solar (of all flavors) NOW.
    4. No Country can afford a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster, (Ask The Japanese)!
    5. If Germany can do without it so can the rest of the World.
    6. Nuclear is in demand (because it is a stepping stone) by many Countries
    …..that want a nuke.
    7. Nuclear reactors LEAK, which makes living nearby or downwind from them less healthy!
    8. Low, Low levels of radiation are not as “safe” as the Industry maintains.

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