UPDATE: San Diego Unified School District Board approves the San Onofre resolution. The resolution, introduced by board members Richard Barrera and Kevin Beiser, said “the San Diego Unified School District believes restarting the defective Unit 2 nuclear reactor at San Onofre will have profound impacts on our children in San Diego Unified and the surrounding communities in the event of a nuclear accident regarding radiation contamination of air, water and food, evacuation plans, and long term viability of life in Southern California.”
The resolution also supports a California Public Utilities Commission investigation into the reliability and costs of the plant, especially compared to alternative energy sources.
“Before restarting the nuclear reactor, San Onofre should undergo a rigorous and transparent public review of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing amendment process,” Beiser said. “We must make certain that before restarting San Onofre nuclear power plant, it is safe for our community and our kids.”
San Diego School Board takes stand against San Onofre – CBS8 1/22/2013
The San Diego Unified School District Board will consider a resolution regarding Southern California Edison’s proposed restart of the defective San Onofre Nuclear Reactor Unit 2.
The Board meeting is Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 5 p.m. (4 p.m. Press Conference by the Coalition to Decommission San Onofre, held outside the auditorium.)Location: SDUSD Headquarters, Eugene Brucker Education Center auditorium 4100 Normal Street, San Diego, CA 92103
San Diego Unified School District Board Vice President, Kevin Beiser, and Board Member Richard Barrera are introducing a Resolution (Agenda Item H.1) similar to that passed by the Del Mar City Council last fall. According to Board Vice President Beiser,
“The Board of Education of the San Diego Unified School District is considering this Resolution because restarting the defective Unit 2 nuclear reactor at San Onofre will have profound impacts on our children in San Diego Unified and the surrounding communities in the event of a nuclear accident regarding radiation contamination of air, water and food, evacuation plans, and long term viability of life in Southern California.”
The resolution states:
… the Board of Education of the San Diego Unified School District urges the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to require that Edison undergo a public, transparent license amendment hearing regarding the replacement steam generators, before the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is allowed to restart, and that the costs for doing so and the responsibility for paying said costs must also be known before restart is allowed; and
… the Board of Education of the San Diego Unified School District strongly supports the California Public Utilities Commission in: 1) expeditiously completing its Investigation regarding the costs and reliability of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, and 2) comparing the reliability and costs of the San Onofre facility to a future based on alternatives, including efficiency, load management, demand response, renewable energy, and energy storage.
The Coalition to Decommission San Onofre will have several speakers including a Del Mar City Council member, a Public Health R.N., a retired SDUSD principal and parent, and a SDUSD Student Representative. Learn what Edison won’t tell you.
Several Southern California City Councils have added their voices to the call for an adjudicated license amendment and hearing process prior to restart of the crippled San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant in defense of their residents and businesses, including Del Mar, Encinitas, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Mission Viejo, Santa Monica and Solana Beach. The cities of San Clemente and Vista have joined in Senators Boxer’s and Feinstein’s call for the NRC to modify its policies and procedures in light of the Fukushima meltdowns, to further protect their residents and businesses.SDUSC Board Meeting Information Friends of the Earth San Onofre News
Thankyou, thankyou SDUSD and all public entities for raising awareness of this critical safety issue. The only viable stance is a proactive one. Given a radiation leak, 360 degrees from the epicenter for fifty miles plus could be decimated. Then it will be too late ! We can void this calamity. Let us not take this type of risk. Tax more if you must, JUST DON”T destroy our habitat and posterity for greed or hubris.