Letter: Edison Wants Live Experiments At San Onofre

by MissionViejoDispatch.com on April 4, 2013

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.

Joe Holtzman


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Don Stout April 4, 2013 at 12:54 pm

“Friends of the Earth” — now, there’s a nice conservative group fitting for this assertedly nice conservative blogsite.

Since we will not have the AES Huntington Beach plant available to replace a portion of the 20% baseload power formerly supplied by San Onofre, thanks to the absurd AB 32 climate change law foisted upon us by “Friends of the Earth” and its allies, as we did last summer, there is a real concern that we will be unable to meet peak load requirements this summer during hot spells. Part of the reason for re-starting one reactor and running it at 70% loading is to compensate for some of that baseline shortfall.

But we’re well beyond logic and reason concerning this issue, I recognize that.

Patti Davis April 4, 2013 at 9:33 pm

So now we are a nuclear test site?
Edison wants to do this to keep San Onofre in the rate-base. Ratepayers you are paying over $54 Million a month for a defective aging nuke plant that is not producing any energy.
This plant was due to be decommissioned in 2013.
Lets stick to the original plan.
Get the facts that Edison doesn’t want you to know

Ron Rodarte April 5, 2013 at 12:06 am

San Onofre Kalua Pig, an SCE recipe for disaster:
Ok, take a couple of fat reactors and pick ‘em up and put ‘em on the beach – best to ask a BIG heavy, like NRC or Edison with billions of dollars to make the show sizzle and shower money on the guests in the 50 mile zone, ’cause they gonna’ need it.
Next, start ‘em up five times real quick, and shut ‘em down five times real quick. Everyone knows that’s the BEST way to bust a reactor, right braddah?
Heck, that’s the most dangerous part of nuclear reactors, startup and shutdown when they get all kine’ pressure and blow up just like my Auntie’s house at Fukushima, but she no live there anymore….
Last, wait for ‘da big steam generators to cook ‘da Kalua pigs and check ‘em when they shutdown for ‘da kine inspection. If ‘da pipes aren’t leaking steam like Kilauea Volcano – you ok to party~! But if they are…
Whoo.. you betta run fast and call your cousin let him know you going to visit! ‘Cause Pele now he got a twin Mahoe braddah and he is one, bad MahoeFukushima, braddah!
On second thought, let’s go grab one soda and watch the moonrise, natural, like it should be.
There is no Aloha in Nuclear.
There is no wisdom in Nuclear.
There is only fear while living in the time of nuclear and eternal danger while the waste sits alongside, unprotected and unwanted.

Joe Holtzman April 5, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Don is wrong on the [Huntington Beach] AES plant now owned again by Edison and leased back to AES. It will be used as a Synchronus Condensor pushing electricity thru the grid. The Independent System Operator has validated we will have more than sufficient power without Edison’s defective plant–which even if it was to operate would only yield 35 percent of its rated capacity. The last three months of last year by Cimus data indicated a ware than normal ET–and we did just fine without this defective plant.

F. Stephen Masek April 7, 2013 at 2:17 pm

First, Mission Viejo is largely or completely outside the plume zone. The probability of a disaster, with all of the oversight and controls, is minimal. We do need to get rid of AB32. It is difficult to tell, but from the news reports it seems that SCE fiddled with the design of the replacement parts, so can not just blame the maker. The location of the plant is problematic, so let’s get going on building several new plants out in the desert.

Joe Holtzman April 7, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Models indicate Mission Viejo is well within the plume of San Onofre. If you check Chernobyl and the latest in Japan we would be covered with radiation in hours. It only took 5.7 days for fallout from Japan to hit the west coats of California those fateful two years ago.

F. Stephen Masek April 12, 2013 at 9:28 am

Joe, what models? It is noteworthy that there are sirens only in certain areas, due to the wind pattern studies. If a giant wave which was big enough to create a disaster at SONGS came, Mission Viejo would probably be wiped-out. It is all about probabilities. Driving on 5 and 405 is radically more dangerous than living in Mission Viejo, yet I’m not reading letters about closeing 5 and 405.

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