The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will hold a public meeting to discuss the status of its oversight of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and respond to questions about current plant issues.
Both San Onofre nuclear reactors have been off-line since January 2012 due to a radiation leak and unprecedented premature wear in newly replaced steam generators.
Southern California Edison submitted a proposal to restart reactor Unit 2 without first repairing the defects.Date: October 9, 2012 6 – 9:30 p.m. Location: St. Regis Monarch Beach Hotel One Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA Parking fee: $10 valet parking or $5 self-parking. Arriving early is recommended. Self-parking may be limited.
The first part of the meeting will be a facilitated roundtable discussion on topics of significant public interest. The second part of the meeting will be a question and answer session between the NRC and the public on topics related to San Onofre and the NRC’s regulatory process.
Representatives for the roundtable are being chosen by the NRC in consultation with local interest groups. Members have not been chosen yet.
The NRC is making arrangements to webcast the meeting and will provide additional details at a later date.
NRC Contacts: Victor Dricks (817) 200-1128 Lara Uselding (817) 200-1519 E-Mail: OPA4.Resource@nrc.gov NRC Notice of 10/9/2012 Public Meeting (revised 10/4/2012) NRC – Meeting the Challenges of the Next SONGS Meeting — Updated San Onofre Steam Generator Issues
“We want to provide members of the public with an opportunity to get their questions answered on a broad range of topics related to San Onofre,” said Region IV Administrator Elmo E. Collins. “We think the roundtable discussion along with an open question and answer session will provide people with a means of doing this.”
San Onofre Unit 3 SG Eight Tube Failures – The Citizen’s Concern from 2000 on dangers from tube ruptures came true in 2012 with factual plant data and extensive analysis presented by Fairewinds Associates and Professor Dan Hirsch. NRC Analysis to date does not agree with Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulations and research papers published by MIT and European Research Scholars. NRC AIT Report has downplayed the potential dangers, which could have resulted from of San Onofre Eight Tube Failures.
Southern Californians were very lucky this time because a potentially serious nuclear accident in progress was stopped by the swift and intelligent actions of SONGS Shift Manager Mr. Flynn and his Operating Crews. Eight steam generator tubes (wear range 72-100%, length of wear 23-34 inches) in the newly replaced San Onofre Unit 3 Replacement Steam Generator (RSG) E-088 failed their pressure testing. The rupture of as few as eight steam generator tubes could have resulted in the meltdown of the Unit 3 reactor fuel rods, potentially releasing catastrophic amounts of radiation into San Onofre Neighboring Communities creating Major Nuclear Accident Like Chernobyl and Fukushima, killing thousands of people and destroying the economy of Southern California. Think with your life about NRC and SCE letting Restarting Unit 2 without a Full NRC License Amendment and full public participation/approval? Who is the Boss – The Citizens, NRC or SCE?
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