San Onofre Meeting Oct. 9; Reopening Request Submitted

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Two energy generation stories today!

Opening soon?

(1) SAN ONOFRE MEETING:  Steve Young’s Campaign Manager Marion Pack has been spreading the word — a next Tuesday will bring a chance for activists to meet with NRC and SC Edison officials:

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9TH, 6 PM, St. Regis Hotel, Monarch Bay on PCH in Dana Point.

(Ask about reduced parking fees for those attending the meeting.)

We need another HUGE turnout for this meeting, which is in Dana Point, Orange County. Please Share with anyone who is concerned about the high risk associated with re-starting the crippled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and encourage them to join the growing grassroots movement to hold the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and other decision-making agencies accountable.

This will be the first time that local concerned citizens, the NRC and Southern California Edison will take part together in a roundtable discussion about San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) issues. They will also be joined at the discussion table by representatives from the California Energy Commission, the Coastal Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission.

(Marion may be reached through the Young Campaign office; I don’t want post her phone and e-mail info here.)

[2] And will San Onofre be reopening soon?

Southern California Edison, which operates the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) has submitted a plan the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, seeking to start Unit 2 of the plant at 70% power for five months, after which it would be shut down for inspection.

So Cal Edison asserts that Unit 2’s components are in better shape than the widely fault ones in Unit 3.  It claims that it had identified six heat-exchange tubes from Unit 2 that were the source of the leak of radioactive steam that closed the plant in January.  Those tubes, and 500 more, have been plugged, which the Utility asserts make operation of Unit 2 safe.  The NRC will review and must approve the request if it is to go forward.  No prospective restart date has been set.

About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose worker's rights and government accountability attorney, residing in northwest Brea. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Occasionally runs for office to challenge some nasty incumbent who would otherwise run unopposed. (Someday he might pick a fight with the intent to win rather than just dent someone. You'll know it when you see it.) He got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012 and in 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. A family member co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)