In testimony Wednesday before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Southern California Edison unleashed a plan that would experiment with four or five successive test runs of their defective damaged generator over the next couple of years. This plan would certainly put 8.5 million of us in danger.
As I said at Monday’s Mission Viejo City Council meeting, Edison’s call for a limited licensing review approval before the NRC today would kill any hearing that would otherwise be called after this type of approval. A hearing would thus become a sham. Edison’s duplicity knows no bounds.
There was a bit of comedy at the hearing listening to Edison’s Chamber of Commerce shills as they called for cheap, clean and safe energy – none of which Edison can provide. Edison’s $35 million dollar PR slush fund was obviously at work.
The hearing was covered in an article by Friends of the Earth.
Last July Saddleback College student Ali Syed claimed he suffered from Deficit Attention Disorder, panic attacks and anxiety. On February 19 he murdered a girl in his parents’ Ladera Ranch home. During a subsequent police chase he shot and killed two more people before committing suicide upon being stopped at Katella and Wanda in Orange.
His disabilities were listed on an application for special testing accommodations, according to the Lariat. It was submitted after he met with an academic counselor. Syed’s grade average was .62 at the beginning of the Spring 2013 semester.
Syed used a shotgun given to him as a gift from his father. He left a suicide note on his computer an hour before the rampage, but details were not released by Sheriff’s investigators.
Some conservatives opposing big government think “activist” is a negative term and “concerned citizen” sounds better. Perhaps so, but concerned citizens may or may not act on their beliefs while activists make their views public, to motivate passive concerned citizens and get unconcerned citizens to pay attention to important issues. Only the tiniest minority of activists nationwide cause civil disruption, and they rightfully should be called revolutionaries.
Joe Holtzman (OCR)
It would be an injustice to call Joe Holtzman of Mission Viejo merely a concerned citizen. He is an activist on multiple fronts from Mission Viejo City Hall to the San Onofre Nuclear Station and beyond. He speaks out on many fronts, including the internet and in meeting halls.
The Orange County Register and the media are crediting (and, thankfully, labeling) activists like Joe with gaining the release of a report by the manufacturer of the steam generators whose malfunction led to the station shutdown last year. Some interpret what they call efforts to bypass warnings of potential malfunction. The station owner, Southern California Edison, challenges the interpretations and denies any wrongdoing.
Mostly in the Dispatch we are focused on City Hall, but there is no other issue here greater than the potential disaster of an accident at San Onofre. Joe Holtzman also helped lead the fight to expose the dangers of excess capacity power lines on the ridge along Mission Viejo’s eastern flank.
Thanks to Joe. Hopefully he can turn some concerned citizens into activists and some of the uninformed into concerned citizens.
A Mission Viejo man was arrested Monday for supplying drugs that allegedly contributed to the overdose death of 21-year-old Emma Wihlborg. Wihlborg died while staying in a Lake Forest hotel sixteen months ago.
Louis Richard Wood, 35, was indicted by the OC Grand Jury after a lengthy investigation by the OC Sheriff’s Department. He was booked into the OC Jail for murder with bail of $1 million.