There is a very serious problem at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, but all we hear from Southern California Edison (SCE) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is the same old story they always say: “everything is safe, very little if any radioactivity was released, “you will be fine”. But the fact is the only people actively monitoring the release of radioactivity is SCE and they will not release the information to the public. So we the citizens of San Clemente have no idea how much radiation was released and for how long. All of these things affect the quality of life for those of us in our beautiful seaside community, including our health and property values.
What we the citizens of San Clemente want to know is, where is the monitoring system in real time so we know what was released and for how long? SCE knows but will not release the information.
At Residents Organized for a Safe Environment (ROSE), San Onofre Safety (SOS) and Nuclear Free California (NFC), we ask “where is the monitoring system that the citizens deserve after living next to San Onofre periodically releasing highly radioactive materials on an ongoing basis all of these years?
Why hasn’t the city of San Clemente, Orange County government, the state of California and the federal Environmental Protection Agency seen fit to actively monitor the ongoing release of radioactivity from this plant and to share the information timely with the public? Why isn’t there an epidemiology study to find out what the effect of these many releases over the years has done to our community? Are the city, county, state and federal government officials not aware of the recent study around France’s nuclear power plants? This study found an alarmingly high rate of childhood leukemia within a 25 mile radius of their nuclear power plants.
Finally it is time for a change. It is time for the STATES to QUESTION the AUTHORITY of the NRC and its supremacy of all things nuclear. It is not 1950 any longer. The states and the citizens themselves are now much better informed about the effects of living with radiation. Ask the people near Chernobyl in Russia and the people near Fukushima in Japan.