Emergency Plan

There is no safe emergency plan.

8.4 million people live within a 50 mile radius of the San Onofre Nuclear Waste Facility. They may need to evacuate permanently when there is a major radioactive release at San Onofre. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) no longer requires even a 10 mile evacuation zone and does not require a current safe emergency plan for San Onofre.  An exemption to NRC Regulation 10 CFR 50.47 was granted to Southern California Edison based on the false assumption nothing can go wrong.

The San Onofre nuclear plant would not be approved under current NRC safety regulations and standards.  Existing nuclear plants are exempt from many of the regulations that apply to new nuclear plants.

See Emergency Resources for information about emergency planning in case of a nuclear disaster.  

San Onofre Nuclear Plant – Emergency Planning/Evacuation Zones

This 50 mile map shows the location of the San Onofre nuclear power plant near San Clemente.  Are you within the 50 miles zone? After the March 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan, Americans in Japan were told by the U.S. government to evacuate 50 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.  However, in the U.S., the NRC only requires a 10 mile evacuation zone.


This 160 mile map shows the probable wind direction from San Onofre. The Wind Rose Chart is from the January 2011 San Diego County Nuclear Emergency Response Plansuperimposed over the 160 mile evacuation zone contemplated by the former Prime Minister of Japan Naoto Kan and his nuclear experts in the early days of the triple nuclear meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi in March 2011 when their nuclear operator, TEPCO, was about to abandon the out of control power plant.

The Wind Chart map below shows most of Southern California is at the mercy of the wind in the event of a nuclear disaster at San Onofre.  The long arrows that point SW and SSW represent the offshore winds at night but those winds turn onshore when the inland areas heat up in the morning. Winds will travel past this 160 mile radius.

San Onofre Wind Rose Chart (wind directions - annual frequency) San Diego Nuclear Power Plant Emergency Response Plan 2011 Draft

San Onofre Wind Rose Chart (wind directions – annual frequency). Source data: San Diego Nuclear Power Plant Emergency Response Plan 2011 Draft

Link to larger San Onofre Wind Rose Chart


The below 186+ mile radiation map of Fukushima and Chernobyl shows levels of radiation spreading beyond 186 miles (300 km). The radiation is traveling around the world.

Fukushima and Chernobyl radiation spreading over 186 miles

Source: Professor Yukio Hayakawa, geologist and volcanologist, Gunma University


The California Department of Public Health has prepared this Nuclear Response Program document.  It includes roles and responsibilities and states “the goal during recovery is restoring areas to pre-accident conditions”.  How is this even possible, when radiation lasts thousands of years?

The local Interjurisdictional Planning Committee (IPC) emergency planners stated at the 9/27/11 San Clemente City Council Meeting we will need to wait for Caltrans to fix the I-5 freeway, should it become impassable.  This is their plan for evacuating us from a nuclear disaster.  Sound unbelievable? Watch the video below and listen to Sara Kaminske‘s answers to citizens’ questions. Sara is the Chair of the Interjurisdictional Planning Committee.

9/27/2011 San Clemente City Council Meeting

4 Responses to Emergency Plan

  1. Alma Parker says:

    We’re all worried about the nuclear plant being so close to home! I hope the people wake up.

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  3. Michelle Gordon says:

    Link to recent debacle at San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant 8/2018 – Each canister at San Onofre holds the explosive power of 1 Chernobyl

  4. Michelle Gordon says:

    How many canisters are there? 126? 100 feet from the ocean by yet another fault line? How come everyone I talk to hasn’t heard about this recent accident? How come The San Diego Tribune is only early report?

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