1/22/2013 San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) Board Meeting
The San Diego Unified School Board passed a resolution against restarting the San Onofre nuclear plant without an intense safety review.
“Before restarting the nuclear reactor, San Onofre should undergo a rigorous and transparent public review of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing amendment process,” Kevin Beiser said. “We must make certain that before restarting San Onofre nuclear power plant, it is safe for our community and our kids.”
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.
SDUSD Board Vice President, Kevin Beiser, and Board Member Richard Barrera introduced the Resolution (Agenda Item H.1), which is similar to one passed by the Del Mar City Council last fall.
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 had 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. See SDUSD meeting video.
The Board voted 4-1 to approve the resolution. John Lee Evans and Marne Foster also voted for the resolution. Trustee Scott Barnett cast the sole dissenting vote, stating there were more significant health and safety issues that impacted district students.
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.Approved SDUSD San Onofre Safety Resolution 1/22/2013 SDUSD Agenda, Minutes 1/22/2013 SDUSD Meeting Video SDUSC Board Member Contact Information SDUSC Board Meeting Information Friends of the Earth San Onofre News