Last canister of nuclear waste buried today at America’s largest beachfront nuclear waste dump

This story is republished under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law.  To view the original article as it appeared in the San Clemente Times, click here.  Ironically, Edison dropped its last canister of radioactive nuclear waste into the ground on the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, which occurred at 4:15pm Pacific Time, August 5th (8:15am Japanese time, August 6th).  By Shawn Raymundo,…

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Public Watchdogs’ commentary in the San Diego Union Tribune on the California Coastal Commission’s vote to approve the maintenance plan for the USA’s largest beachfront nuclear waste dump

What could possibly go wrong with the beachfront nuclear waste dump at San Onofre State Beach park? Plenty. Like a knight in shining armor made of tinfoil, the walls on these radioactive stainless steel canisters are only 5/8-inch thick.

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New Mexico Governor tells Trump that Consolidated Interim Storage of nuclear waste is “economic malpractice”

July 31, New Mexico — New Mexico State Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has accused president Trump of committing “economic malpractice.” In a letter to Mr. Trump dated July 28, 2020, governor Grisham expresses her opposition to a “Consolidated Interim Storage Facility, or “High-Level Nuclear Waste Dump” in New Mexico on the grounds that it is “An unnecessary risk to our citizens and our communities, our first responders,…

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Nine State Attorneys General file legal documents with NRC protesting Holtec as a nuclear waste vendor.

In an unprecedented act of unity, nine attorneys general from nine separate states have intervened in a case involving nuclear safety and Holtec International.   The brief, known as an Amici Curiae or “friend of the court” is in support of legal action against the NRC by Massachusetts’ Attorney General, Maura Healey.  In September of 2019,   Ms. Healey filed a lawsuit alleging that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission…

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Recording of May 8, 2020 NRC Teleconference on COVID-19 infections at Nuclear Power Plants

Today at 6:00 am California time, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) convened a teleconference/webinar on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on nuclear facilities in the United States.  During the teleconference, NRC representatives stated that they do not know what the rate of infection is at America’s 104 operating and decommissioning nuclear reactors.  The conference lasted one hour and was recorded for publication by Public Watchdogs….

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NRC FOIA Response, Freedom Of Information Act, 04-15-2020 FOIA NRC-2020-000169

This is the NRC’s response to a massive Public Watchdogs Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request number NRC-2020-000169 Form 464, Public Watchdogs FOIA and Final NRC Response FOIA Response #1  xxx pages, FSAR – Final Safety Analysis Report, Revision 5, June 20, 2017 1Released Records FOIA Response #2  138 pages, Holtec’s top secret “Alloy X” is just ordinary stainless steel   2-Released Records FOIA Response #3  117…

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Ninth Circuit Court motion to force SoCal Edison to develop a realistic SONGS decommissioning plan

Public Watchdogs files motion in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals:  Asks court to halt nuclear waste burials until SONGS  has a better plan   Public Watchdogs insists on a new decommissioning plan recognizing the reality of permanent storage of nuclear waste at San Onofre Dateline San Diego California, Wednesday 04-01-20 — Yesterday, Public Watchdogs filed a Motion for Temporary Injunctive relief with the Ninth Circuit Court of…

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Southern California Edison’s response to County Supervisor Jim Desmond’s questions about COVID19 and nuclear waste safety at the failed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

On March 24, 2020, Public Watchdogs sent a letter to San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond.  The letter asked Mr. Desmond to request a halt to the ongoing movement of deadly nuclear waste at San Onofre during the COVID19 epidemic. Below is Edison’s reply to Supervisor Desmond’s questions, received via email  at 10:20am on March 26, 2020. Questions in bold…. Are the operations at San Onofre,…

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Public advocates request a complete halt of nuclear waste burials on the beach at SONGS during COVID19 crisis

Update, March 26, 2020 – Southern California Edison’s response to County Supervisor Desmond Two days ago, Public Watchdogs sent San Diego County Supervisor, Jim Desmond, a letter requesting a halt to the ongoing movement of deadly nuclear waste at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). Mr. Desmond, is a volunteer member of  the SONGS Community Engagement Panel.  Today’s public meeting of the Community Engagement Panel …

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District Attorney Summer Stephan is calling out price gougers during COVID19 scare

Did you know that price-gouging during an emergency is a crime? Today, San Diego district attorney, Summer Stephan, announced that price gouging during the COVID19 outbreak will not be tolerated. California’s tough anti-price gouging  statute, Penal Code Section 396, makes raising the price of many consumer goods and services by more than 10% during an emergency unlawful. Get the California Attorney General’s Price Gouging FAQ here….

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Downloading and handling of deadly  spent nuclear fuel will continue at  SONGS during COVID-19 outbreak

NRC allows nuclear facilities to self-regulate Today at a  Nuclear Regulatory  Commission (NRC teleconference on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on nuclear safety, Donna Gilmore of San Onofre Safety  ( https://sanonofresafety.org/ ) asked the NRC if it required testing of nuclear workers for the COVID-19 virus at the failed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). The NRC spokesperson replied that the NRC does not require virus…

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NRC refuses to release “secret” flood analysis of nuclear waste at San Onofre

Holtec, the company that makes the nuclear waste canisters that are used at the failed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station,  has conducted  a secret flood analysis of the facility. Public Watchdogs believes this analysis must be made public. The public has a right to know why the NRC is allowing private companies like Holtec to keep an ISFSI flood analysis a secret, when ultimately, it was the public that paid for it.

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