Radioactive Releases from Nuclear Power Plants: A Cause for Concern

By Roger Johnson, PhD, contributing editor  All nuclear power plants regularly discharge radioactivity into the environment.  They produce large quantities of radioactive materials and some of it gets discharged into the atmosphere, waterways, and surrounding land.  The public needs to know more about these radioactive emissions, especially since they are conducted frequently and in secret.  Ionizing radiation is a known carcinogen, and since cancer is becoming the number one…

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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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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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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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Transcript of Public Watchdogs public 2.206 teleconference with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Yesterday, Public Watchdogs’ attorneys made a 28-minute presentation to the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission arguing for an immediate halt to the movement and burial of deadly radioactive nuclear waste next to the public beach at the failed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. In an abundance of caution, and a deep concern that the NRC may not publish the proceedings on its SONGS Cask Loading web…

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Public Watchdogs urges California Coastal Commission to delay approval of SONGS demolition.

Today, Public Watchdogs filed documents urging the California Coastal Commission to postpone the approval of Southern California Edison’s plan to demolish the spent fuel pools and other structures at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).  Get the letter here. Get details for attending the meeting here. Public Watchdogs argues that the vote is premature due to pending litigation, that “special conditions” imposed by Coastal Commission…

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Public Watchdogs files 2.206 petition with NRC to halt unsafe storage of spent nuclear fuel at SONGS.

September 24, 2019 — Today, the nonprofit advocacy group Public Watchdogs announced that it has filed a 2.206 petition with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission requesting an immediate halt to the ongoing transfer and storage of deadly nuclear waste at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).   The public has the right to ask the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to take enforcement action through Title 10…

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Public Watchdogs files lawsuit to halt burial of nuclear waste

The nonprofit consumer group Public Watchdogs has filed a lawsuit to halt the transport of nuclear waste into steel-lined silos on the beach at San Onofre State Beach Park. Public Watchdogs is the only advocacy group engaged in litigation against the beachfront San Onofre Nuclear Waste Dump owned and operated by Southern California Edison. Public Watchdogs has retained the services of former Department of Justice prosecutor, Chuck La Bella to coordinate a disciplined team of attorneys and subject matter experts in opposition to the project.

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