NRC initiates feigned inspection at San Onofre

  Public Watchdogs asks “What are we paying them for?” Nuclear Regulatory Commission begins ‘special inspection’ of San Onofre nuclear station Rob Nikolewski, September 10, 2018 4:55 PM A team of five inspectors from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday began what is expected to be a five-day review of how a 45-ton canister loaded with spent nuclear fuel ended up getting suspended 18 feet from the floor…

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August Has Been a Cruel Month for San Onofre Nuke Plant

Public Watchdogs says the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) “spent fuel casks are not thick enough and could crack.” by MICHAEL STEINBERG / Blackrain Press Republished from the OB Rag under the Fair use provision of U.S. copyright law.  Get the original story here. Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and fall of the nuclear power industry in the US and abroad, and highlights the efforts of…

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Orange County Register: Spent nuclear waste burial halted

Spent nuclear waste burial halted at San Onofre until NRC can probe ‘near miss’ with canister. Public Watchdogs “alarmed” that NRC waited more than two weeks to investigate. Vertical Cask Transporter First fuel move Jan. 30-31, 2018 San Onfore (Courtesy of Southern California Edison) This story is reproduced from the Orange County Register under the Fair Use provision of U.S. Copyright law. Get the original story…

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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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Artists & Activists Create Aerial Photo at Trail 6, South of SONGS

      By Eric Heinz,   June 7, 2018 Aerial photographer John Quigley and members of the Acjachemen Nation will join together on Saturday, June 9 at Trail 6, just south of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) to take a photo that will depict one of the native people’s symbols, a “star man,” using people to outline the figure, Quigley said. Quigley, who goes by the art…

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The Hippie Ways Californians Fight Energy Projects

Climate-Changed The Hippie Ways Californians Fight Energy Projects By  Lynn Doan, Bloomberg News, Get the original story here.    June 8, 2018, 1:54 PM PDT Californians are drawing art with their bodies in protest  They’re also planting sunflowers — a lot of sunflowers Climate-Changed Edison International is working on relocating the nuclear waste at its San Onofre power plant north of San Diego, now that the complex…

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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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