Mission Viejo and other Southern California cities can rebuild after a major quake, fire, flood, even war. We can NOT rebuild in radioactive zones when land values and all land improvements caught in those zones are reduced to ZERO. For homeowners this amounts to personal financial ruin. For neighborhoods, cities, and counties it means irreversible and instantaneous destruction of wealth.
We need to steer public discourse away from the futile pursuit of predicting the probability of a major quake, and refocus the public on the question: “Should Edison be allowed to gamble with regional economic ruin caused by a nuclear disaster at San Onofre?” Seismic studies at San Onofre become a moot issue.
Fukushima serves as the full scale “crash test” of a U.S. designed nuclear power plant, and the aftermath is ugly. In essence TEPCO Daiichi nuclear facility converted a productive and proud region in NE Japan into a region of unsuspecting and tragic crash test victims, destroyed a nation’s economy, bankrupted the 4th largest power utility in the world, and plunged millions of men, women, and children into uncertain health.
The public only hears the industry’s gross under-estimations and misinformation about nuclear disaster impacts. Roger Herried and Torgen Johnson have worked on some economic impact figures around San Onfore and the numbers are staggering, in the tens of billions of dollars per city. These figures should open even the most closed minds.
It is time to close the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (SONGS). Studies have proven we do not need the power. For more details on power availability see SanOnofreSafety.