By Roger Johnson, San Clemente
Southern California Edison’s draft of their decommissioning plans should not lull residents into a false sense of security.
It is doubtful that Edison can move all radioactive fuel from pools to storage casks by 2019, and it is disturbing that Edison is determined to buy unsafe storage casks because they are cheaper. Also buried in the report is an admission that until 2032, Edison might be releasing as much radioactivity into the air and ocean as they did when the reactors were operating full blast.
What Edison doesn’t want everyone to realize is that this facility will soon become a nuclear waste dump—Yucca Mountain, ZIP code 92672. Thousands of tons of uranium and plutonium will be sitting right here in casks on a concrete pad next to Interstate 5 until 2049. At that time, the Department of Energy is supposed to take it away but only if a deep underground repository is built. There are no plans to build one, and experts are skeptical that such a facility will be built. The nation’s only facility in New Mexico was closed a few months ago, after fires, explosions and radiation leaks.
Even more troubling is the lack of action by local politicians, ranging from city councils to our Congressman Darrel Issa. None has protested our becoming a nuclear waste dump. They should be demanding that all San Onofre nuclear waste should be moved to a remote and safer temporary location. No one is willing to take a stand or even contact the officials who are delighted that residents and politicians are meekly going along with the plan to turn south Orange County into a nuclear waste dump. Going along with Edison’s “plan” is no plan at all.