“…radiation levels in the plant’s cooling system [Unit 2] doubled from January to February 2011 and continued to climb through the end of the year.
..increasing levels of radiation in the water that cools the reactor probably indicates that the metal tubes (called cladding) that contain its fuel pellets are cracking.”
— David Lochbaum, Union of Concerned Scientists, after reviewing Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reactor operation statistics
Source: North County Times 02/17/2012 and Enformable 02/17/2012
Why didn’t the NRC shut down the plant once they had this data?
Why isn’t the government providing current San Onofre radiation data to the public?
- San Onofre refuses to share current radiation data with the public and no government agency is forcing them to do it.
- The Environmental Protection Agency refuses to provide radiation monitoring near San Onofre.
- The California Department of Public Health has a radiation monitor in San Clemente (the city nearest San Onofre), but the data is months old and very limited and their equipment is outdated.
- The City Council of San Clemente continues to ignore requests from their citizens to take the lead in obtaining current radiation data for their citizens.
See radiation monitoring.
San Onofre has the worst safety record of all U.S reactors and punishes employees for reporting safety issues. See NRC safety allegations data and comments from whistleblowers.
We don’t need the energy from the two California nuclear plants, so why are we living with the risks? See energy options for details.
California citizens, please download and sign the California Nuclear Initiative Petition to effectively shutdown San Onofre and Diablo Canyon. Do this by April, so we can get this on the November ballot. The government is not protecting us, so we have to protect ourselves. NO ONE IS GOING TO DO THIS FOR US. It’s up to YOU to protect your family and California. This is a grassroots effort, so we need your help to make this a success.
The one-year anniversary of the on-going Fukushima disaster is March 11th.
- Events will be held all over the state and all over the world on March 10th and 11th.
- Please help gather petition signatures at the California events and at other locations. Citizens from Japan have asked us to warn Californians to learn the lessons of Fukushima before it’s too late. Please help us share this message.