Solana Beach City Council says San Onofre is not safe.
4/25/2012 City Council Meeting
Solana Beach City council unanimously agrees the San Onofre nuclear plant is unsafe and votes to send letters of concern to those in power, asking them to take numerous actions to protect our safety.
The letter to NRC Chairman Jaczko requested the NRC Commissioners:
- Support Senator Boxer and Senator Feinstein’s efforts to advocate that the NRC modify its relicensing policies to ensure a full-re-examination of the basics of the design elements including seismic and tsunami hazards, operational issues, plant security, and emergency preparedness.
- Support Senators Boxer and Feinstein’s call for the NRC to implement the short-term recommendations of the NRC 90 Day Taskforce Report as soon as possible and that it develop a feasible more immediate plan for implementing their longer term recommendations, including expanding the evacuation zone from a 10-mile radius to a 50-mile radius as recommended in “The Lessons From Fukushima”.
Public safety is government’s most important responsibility; therefore it is essential that the NRC thoroughly and expeditiously evaluate the known threats and potential risks in regards to the continuance of operations at SONGS. It is vitally important that the NRC ensures that SONGS and the infrastructure that support the facility and its operations are adequately constructed and maintained and that the personnel who work at the facility, are trained and prepared to prevent accidents from happening whether they’re caused by natural or man made events, or an intentional act such as terrorism. In addition, it is critical that the NRC assures that emergency plants are sufficient to ensure the protection and safety of the 7.4 million residents living within a 50-mile radius of the facility if the unthinkable were to happen.
Video Presentations: Select Onofre Agenda Item C4 to see video presentations and council deliberations. Concerned citizens and nuclear experts waited until 10 PM for this agenda item to be heard.
Shaun Bernie, now with Friends of the Earth, previously worked on nuclear issues worldwide for almost 30 years, most of it with Greenpeace. He explains why San Onofre is an accident waiting to happen, with 1450 tons of high level nuclear waste stored inside a populated community.
Arnie Gundersen has 40-years of nuclear power engineering experience. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) where he earned his Bachelor Degree cum laude while also becoming the recipient of a prestigious Atomic Energy Commission Fellowship for his Master Degree in nuclear engineering. Arnie holds a nuclear safety patent, is a licensed reactor operator, and was a former nuclear industry senior vice president. During his nuclear power industry career, Arnie also managed and coordinated projects at 70-nuclear power plants in the US.
11/16/2011 Special City Council Meeting
See video presentation on San Onofre Nuclear Plant safety issues by Torgen Johnson. Torgen is an Urban Planner in San Diego county. He lives in Solana Beach with his family. He became involved when he found radiation in his children’s milk.