Public Watchdogs “HazMat Surfer” featured in San Diego Union Tribune

Earth Day event Features HazMat Surfer Public Watchdogs’ wildly popular HazMat Surfer helped draw attention to the problem of the nuclear waste at San Onofre with this front page photograph. Public Watchdogs participated in the San Onofre Nuclear Awareness Boot at Earth Day, and the HazMat Surfer was wildly popular.  According to the story: Andrew Quella was braving Sunday’s 80-degree heat in a yellow hazmat suit…

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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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Pam Patterson, Member of San Onofre nuclear plant’s Community Engagement Panel replaced – SD Union Tribune

Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union Tribune, December 20, 12:30 PM NOTE:  This story is re-published under the “fair use” provision of the U.S. Copyright Act. Please read the original story at the San Diego Union Tribune here, and cite the original source when hyperlinking. San Juan Capistrano city council member Pam Patterson has sometimes clashed with other members of the Community Engagement Panel, which gives the public updates on the…

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Edison’s San Onofre panel ejects voice of reason, removes Pam Patterson – San Diego Reader

Company critic seems to impede effort to bury nuclear waste By Don Bauder, Dec. 15, 2017 This story is re-published under the “fair use” provision of the U.S. Copyright Act. Please read the original story at the San Diego Reader by clicking here, and cite the original source when linking to this story. Southern California Edison has a panel in San Juan Capistrano that is supposed to give balanced…

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Public’s voice silenced at Edison Community Engagement Panel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Numerous nuclear safety advocates say Pam Patterson was the only person on the 18-member panel willing to ask tough questions about public safety December 14, Thursday, 2107 — Yesterday, in a three-two vote, the San Juan Capistrano City Council removed Councilmember Pam Patterson, Esq. from Southern California Edison’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) Community Engagement Panel (CEP). According to opponents of Edison’s plans to…

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Activists, panel spar over nuke waste – San Diego Union Tribune

Public Watchdogs says commission’s permit for storage site invalid By Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union Tribune December 8, 2017 This story is reproduced under the Fair Use provision of U.S. copyright law. Please get the original story as it appeared in the San Diego Union Tribune here.  A San Diego activist group that wants to block nuclear waste from being stored at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating…

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Activist protest plans to bury waste at San Onofre State beach

By Mary Carreon / OCWeekly / November 21, 2017 Nearly 80 people gathered in Laguna Beach on Saturday to protest Southern California Edison’s (SCE) plan to bury 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste at San Onofre State Beach in San Clemente. According to Public Watchdogs, SCE has supposedly obtained a permit from the California Coastal Commission that not only authorizes them to bury the deadly waste, but also permits…

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State secrets to share? Activist group seeking whistleblowers on Public Utilities Commission

By Deborah Sullivan Brennan   Contact Reporter September 29, 2017 Public Watchdogs, a La Mesa-based nonprofit group that has been dogging the California Public Utilities Commission on topics from energy rates to the decommissioning of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, is seeking a new ally: the commission’s own employees. The organization dispatched more than 1,000 letters to employees of the regulatory agency inviting them to become whistleblowers. The letter referenced…

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San Onofre — another Chernobyl?

Radiation would be 40 times worse By Don Bauder, June 14, 2017 A terrorist attack that could endanger 8.5 million people. Who cares? A tsunami or earthquake that could spread even wider damage. Yawn. A potentially disastrous meltdown. Fuhgeddaboudit. A utility stock that zooms upward, paying fat dividends. Bingo! Finally, you are talking about something important. Wall Street has that view: the only thing important about utilities is…

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Nuclear Storage podcast with Larry Smith KPFK with American Indian Airwaves

It was an honor and a privilege for Public Watchdogs to participate in a recent radio interview with Larry Smith of KPFK with American Indian Airwaves by the invitation of Adelia Sandoval,  a leader of the Acjachemen NATION Juaneno Band. The Acjachemen were the indigenous peoples who occupied the land for 4,000 plus years in which the San Onofre Generating Station was built.

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