Whistle blower describes near-miss nuclear accident at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS)

Chief Nuclear Officer at San Onofre vows not to fire whistle blower Dateline, Oceanside California, August 10, 2018 Get the whistle blower video here. When San Onofre worker and Orange County Resident David Fritch stepped up to the microphone last night, he dropped a bombshell:  his first words were “I may not have a job tomorrow.” The whistle blower went on to explain that he was…

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Lands Commission Meeting on Nuclear Waste at SONGS, August 7th and 8th in Oceanside and San Clemente

The California State Lands Commission is convening public hearings on Tuesday August 7th and Wednesday August 8th to hear public comments about the final phases of demolition at the beachfront San Onofre Nuclear Waste Dump.  Please join Public Watchdogs for public comments. When: Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 6 PM Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 1 PM Where (see attached maps, including public transit options): Oceanside City Hall,…

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San Onofre Settlement Deal “Unimpressive” improvement to “Rape of Ratepayers”

CPUC wipes away Peevey/Edison collusion, criminal investigation Ratepayers get minor relief; law firm gets $5.4 million By Don Bauder, July 27, 2018 The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) yesterday (July 26) made an unimpressive adjustment to a rape of the ratepayer that began with a secret meeting between the then-top commissioner, Michael Peevey, and a representative of Southern California Edison in a hotel in Warsaw, Poland. Peevey sketched…

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Regulators Okay San Onofre Settlement with modifications

State regulators approve San Onofre nuclear settlement, trimming $750M from original deal This story is reproduced by Public Watchdogs under the fair use provision of U.S. Copyright law. Please read the original story at the San Diego Union Tribune here.   The site of the dry cask storage facility that holds the spent nuclear fuel at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. (Photo by Southern California…

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New Legal Documents Expose Attempt by Regulators and Trial  Attorneys to Bail out SONGS at Public’s Expense

DATELINE, SAN DIEGO CALIFORNIA, July 13, 2018: The nonprofit public advocacy group Public Watchdogs  has just filed a 19-point legal argument against the publicly-funded bailout of the failed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). If the proposed out-of-court settlement is  approved it will complete an alleged criminal conspiracy to bail out Southern California Edison (Edison) at ratepayer expense. The proposed settlement delivers a 417-fold return on investment for Southern California Edison, which is paying the…

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Exposed: The “Spin Doctor’s CYA Playbook” for handling questions about Holtec’s flawed nuclear waste trash cans

Public Watchdogs researchers have uncovered confidential internal documents by Holtec, the manufacturer of the defective “HiStorm” nuclear waste trash cans that are being deployed at Southern California Edison’s newly constructed Beachfront Nuclear Waste Dump. We expect Edison employees to use the talking points at tonight’s (June 27) Community Engagement Panel Meeting on nuclear waste in San Clemente (click here for details). The secret documents represent what…

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Aerial Art Event creates “Star Man” visible only from the air near San Onofre nuclear plant

On Saturday June 9, the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation,  conducted a peaceful ceremony and massive Aerial Art display created by internationally renowned Aerial Artist, John Quigley, with video by award-winning director and film maker Kurt Soderling. Watch the documentary by the Museum of Woman Get video from the chopper  here  and here Scroll down for high resolution photos Get B-Roll Video here  The Aerial Art display,…

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Public Watchdogs Sponsors Huge Aerial Art Event near Shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Plant

Hundreds to join indigenous Acjachemen Nation in call for safe containment of nuclear waste DATELINE SAN ONOFRE, CALIFORNIA: At 10:30 AM, this Saturday June 9,th   hundreds of concerned citizens will join with the Acjachemen Nation to create a “work of living aerial art” calling for the safe containment and removal of nuclear waste generated by the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The  participants will use their bodies to create…

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Public Watchdogs to intervene in San Onofre Bailout settlement

Public Watchdogs has been granted party status in protest $2.2 Billion  Edison bailout  March 23, 2018 At 3:11 PM yesterday, Public Watchdogs  received formal notice that its Motion for Party Status in a proposed publicly funded bailout of Southern California Edison before the California Public Utilities Commission  (CPUC) has been approved. In an unusual decision, CPUC has ruled that Public Watchdogs may intervene in what public advocates have scorned as unlawfully brokered and publicly…

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Public Watchdogs Urges CPUC To Reject San Onofre Settlement

Thursday, March 1, 2018 By Alison St John, KPBS      Aired 3/1/18 on KPBS Midday Edition   GUEST:   Alison St John, north county reporter, KPBS   Transcript The consumer group Public Watchdogs is opposing a settlement agreement that charges ratepayers about $2 billion for the shutdown of San Onofre. The nuclear power plant closed in 2013 after faulty, newly-installed steam generators began to leak in 2012. Charles Langley of Public Watchdogs said…

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Union Tribune: Local consumer group seeks to join San Onofre case to fight latest settlement proposal

  Charles Langley (John Gastaldo / John Gastaldo) The consumer group Public Watchdogs is seeking to join the San Onofre power plant case pending before the California Public Utilities Commission. CEO Charles Langley said a recent agreement to stop $775 million in consumer charges for the 2012 nuclear plant closure does not do enough to protect ratepayers from unfair charges. Public Watchdogs said other consumer groups…

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San Onofre nuclear waste moved closer to beach

CBS Update on radioactive waste at failed San Onofre nuclear reactors  Experts disagree on safety of nuclear waste storage at SONGS. Public Watchdogs vs. David G. Victor The burial of millions of pounds of nuclear waste is now underway at San Onofre.  The radioactive waste, which is deadly to all human life for at least 250,000 years, is being stored 108 feet from the beach.  Yet…

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Public advocates call secretly  negotiated utility settlement “A knife in the public’s back  …” 

Public Watchdogs files Motion for Party Status in SONGS bailout hearings FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2-29-18 : Today, Public Watchdogs announced that it has filed a Motion for Party Status in the proposed ratepayer-funded bailout of Southern California Edison’s failed nuclear reactors at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). The motion argues that the California Public Utilities Commission’s pending approval of the bailout, which has cost ratepayers billions of dollars,…

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Protest March – Don’t NUKE our COAST, Dec 30, San Clemente, 10:30AM

Join us in protest of Southern California Edison’s plans to bury 3.6 million pounds of hot nuclear waste 108 feet from the beach. Date: December 30, 2017 Time: 10:30AM to 2:00PM Place:  100 North Calle Seville, San Clemente CA (get Google map) Facebook:  Go to the Events Page Burial of the first of 75 nuclear trash cans may  happen as soon as tomorrow.  Please join us…

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