Weekend Open Thread: Finally … Some Good News on San Onofre!

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I just got this email from San Clemente Green, so instead writing about it, I will post the original notice that was sent to me:

SAN ONOFRE: Los Angeles votes to oppose reactor restart without public hearings

LA council joins other SoCal cities in concern over safety.

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously today to ask federal regulators not to allow the restart of the crippled San Onofre nuclear reactors before the formal public process to determine whether Edison’s experimental restart plan is safe and all needed repairs or replacements are completed.

The resolution by District 5 Council Member Paul Koretz and District 11 Council Member Bill Rosendahl, which passed 11-0, expresses support for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to:

make no decision about restarting either San Onofre unit until it has fully reviewed public safety through a prudent, transparent, and precautionary process, has allowed independent experts and the public ample opportunity to comment, and has confirmed that Southern California Edison has completed any resulting mandated repairs, replacements, or other actions necessary to guarantee both short and long-term safe operation of San Onofre . . .

[The City also encourages the NRC] to take the time needed to independently determine whether or not the information, analysis and actions provided by Southern California Edison constitute a solid technical basis for the adequate protection of the public and resumption of operations.

Los Angeles finally decided to join a number of cities in Southern California to say “no” to Edison’s restart proposal, asking the NRC that it be allowed to restart reactor Unit 2 at partial power. They wanted it to do a test run for five months to see if there were anymore problems.  Here’s the kicker, Edison also  wanted a license amendment with a “no significant hazard” provision that would allow a restart without  public hearings. The public could weigh in only after the reactor was back on line.

Several other cities already passed a resolution against or sent letters opposing the restart to the NRC.  Friends of the Earth circulated a petition to the NRC a few months ago and it looks like it worked. The NRC is finally taking notice — they will conduct two official proceedings which could require Edison to seek a full license amendment that includes more public hearings, expert testimony and rules of evidence.

I have to admit, I was beginning to think petitions were a waste of time, because the persons we send them to ignore us.  I am happy that at least time, I am wrong.

[Ed. note: This post has been hijacked to become your Weekend Open Thread, because more people should read it than did.  Talk about this or whatever else you want to, within the bounds of decency and reason. — GD]


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